8 Ways Big Data Will Change Our Lives


Customized Education

According to SAP's Taparia, big data will also make huge ripples across higher education, where massive amounts of student data can be leveraged to boost student engagement and, ultimately, reduce dropout rates.

Taparia suggests universities could tap into data related to a student's grades and standardized tests scores, apply that data to statistical models, and then predict that student's chances of graduating or even succeeding in a specific major. The result, he predicts, would be students being able to identify the majors best suited to their unique interests and skillsets. What's more, big data could be used to customize course material based on students' preferred medium, be it video, text, or some other form.

PUBLISHED JAN. 29, 2013