Gamification, Education, and BigData

This is a nice infographic about gamification in education. I am curious to watch how gamification plays a role in the online education scene at places like Udacity and Coursera. I think gamification is going to lead to many new and interesting problems in bigdata.

Gamification of Education

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Two Relevant Coursera Courses Starting Today

  • Web Intelligence and Big Data – Artificial Intelligence, NoSQL, map-reduce!! Oh My! I think this course will have some really good information.
  • Gamification – From the first glance, this course may not directly relate to data science. However, gamification can lead to better user engagement which can lead to tons more data for prediction. I am interested in this course for exploring the connection between gamification and data science.

Happy Studying!

Free Social Network Analysis Textbook

David Easley and Jon Kleinberg, both of Cornell University, have placed the contents of their social networking textbook online. All 24 chapters of Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About A Highly Connected World are available for download. This could serve as a wonderful learning resource or an excellent reference tool. The material covered is quite extensive, and it provides many real applications of social network analysis. Not all the examples are online social networks.