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Smart data helping Curtin meet student needs

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Students in need of support are more likely to be recognised and assisted now that Curtin has completed the first phase of its big data project, which analyses data from 52,000 students who attended the Bentley campus between 2009 and 2013.

Crowd of Curtin students at a campus event

The data allows the University to answer key questions about student engagement and build meaningful student profiles that reveal their pathways to success based on their individual interactions with campus services and their lives on and off campus.

Director of Learning Engagement Associate Professor David Gibson said the University was now able to predict those students most likely to succeed without intervention and those more likely to need assistance from the network of University support services.

“As an example, the University can now see there are some students who, while smart, confident and ambitious, when faced with poor results, may be unwilling to seek help,” Associate Professor Gibson said.

The project is part of Curtin’s Learning for Tomorrow strategy and will help personalise learning and drive greater student success. It will also assist in mapping future education services for Curtin’s on-campus students and the one million learners who will be engaged in a Curtin University education by 2017.