Big data – what’s it all about?

What is big data?

You’ve probably heard the term ‘big data’ a lot recently, but what does it actually mean and how is it relevant to assessments? Big data is the term often used to define very large sets of data that can be analysed by computers to reveal trends and patterns. And over the past few years’ data has transformed the way we understand all aspects of education – including assessments.

How is data relevant to assessments?

The powerful reporting features that come with using digital exam software mean you are able to get easy access to data that’s been created just by running your exams, and being able to utilise this data has never been easier.

Data can give an insight to a whole range of things, from how questions in your question bank are performing to showing the exam history of your students. The information you gain from analysing your data can then be used to enhance all aspects of the assessment process; this not only benefits how your exams are constructed and run, but also helps to improve how students are assessed. Data has loads of potential, so why not use it?

Improve understanding of your students

Data is a really good way of gaining a deeper understanding of your students. For example, with digital exam software like Maxexam, you can access data that allows you to see all the exams a student has sat and how many marks they achieved for different learning outcomes.

This kind of information means you are able to track any gaps a student might have in their knowledge which can then be worked on by providing useful feedback that will help them in future assessments or assignments.

If you would like to learn more about how to get the best use out of your data or just want to have a chat about what Maxexam can do for your organisation give us a call on 0117 428 0550 or fill in our contact form.