As you think about your courses for next term, you may be considering how you can incorporate relevant current content from social media, government resources, photo and video websites, wikis, and other sources into your lectures, presentations, and assignments. Such content keeps your course up to date and helps students make a connection between the concepts you cover in class and the experiences they have outside those classroom walls. However, the sheer breadth and depth of that content can be overwhelming. How and where do you begin capturing this deluge of information, and then implement its use in a meaningful and manageable way?

In his presentation “Drinking from the Fire Hose: Tools for Interpreting and Teaching with Big Data,” given during Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology ConferenceMark Frydenberg of Bentley University discusses the meaning of “big data” and shares examples of big and open data in the cloud: where it comes from, how it’s stored, and what you can do with it.. You’ll also glean some suggestions for how real-world data can be applied toward engaging activities that inspire and facilitate investigation, analysis, interpretation, and discovery.

Do you use “big data” in your classes? If so, how? Share your activities below.