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The Netflix Effect: When Software Suggests Students' Courses
By Jeffrey R. Young

When Netflix suggests movies based on how much previous renters liked them, all that's at stake is a night's entertainment. Now a handful of colleges have begun using similar recommendation systems to help students pick their courses—a step that could change GPA's and career paths.

Last week, under­graduates at Austin Peay State Uni­versity were invited to visit its new online recommendation system before meeting with their academic advisers. When suggesting a course, the automated system considers each student's planned major, past academic performance, and data on how similar students fared in that class. It crunches this information to arrive at a recommendation. An early test of the system found that it could lead to higher grades and fewer dropouts, officials say.

Human academic advisers usually don't get five stars from students. The quality of course recommendation at colleges is often about as reliable as the level of movie advice you'd get at the local video-rental store (if you can still find one). Sure, some clerks are film buffs—Quentin Tarantino first worked in a video store, after all—but you can't count on it. Many professors who help students plan their academic schedules have lim­ited knowledge of courses outside their discipline.

Read the entire article at http://chronicle.com/article/The-Netflix-Effect-When/127059/

That is an interesting approach to course selection.  I wonder if this option will catch on at other schools or how well it will work out?
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011, 06:55:56 pm »
This sounds awesome!

This might be the wine talking.
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Re: The Netflix Effect: When Software Suggests Students' Courses
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011, 10:58:49 pm »
So was it the wine?
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