101 Why You Should Care About Data Analytics

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Wednesday, September 21

Big data. Predictive analytics. Machine learning. The number of buzzwords coming from the data science space continues to grow as more and more individuals and organizations look to tap into the potential of this new technological opportunity. A great number of conversations are exploring how to take advantage of these new possibilities. But before you can effectively explore how to harness the potential of data, you must first understand WHY this shift is so important.

In the opening session of the Data & Analytics Summit, you will learn why data analytics is getting so much attention and how it will impact the work of learning and performance professionals. You will examine examples of how data analytics is currently innovating practices around the globe, and you’ll put those examples into the context of the work you do every day. You will leave this opening session prepared to spend the next two days exploring the growing world of data analytics.

Ellen Wagner

Visiting Professor

George Mason University

Ellen Wagner is an award-winning learning technology professional who has worked as a tenured professor and administrator, a senior executive in commercial software companies, a founding entrepreneur of start-ups companies, and a board member. She currently consults with higher educational and corporate clients to make better strategic use of data analytics. Ellen is a member of the Affiliate Faculties of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Education, Learning Technology Division, at George Mason University, and chairs the IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering Special Interest Group on Learning Engineering Among the Professions.

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