The Role of Knowledge Management and Data Mining in Improving Educational Practices and the Learning Infrastructure

  • Areej Fatemah Meghji Department of Software Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.
  • Naeem Ahmed Mahoto Department of Software Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.
  • Mukhtiar Ali Unar Department of Computer Systems Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.
  • Muhmmad Akram Shaikh Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Abstract

Higher Educational Institutes hold a central and vital role in the knowledge economy. Knowledge generated by these institutes needs to be collected and disseminated to bring about improvement in not only student learning and performance, but also in educational practices, processes and the society in general. Sadly, in many institutes, this knowledge is rarely recognized, captured, analysed or utilized. Apart from the need for improved learning outcomes, rapid growth in educational data and technology has motivated several educational institutes to implement Knowledge Management (KM). KM is the key to enable educational institutes reach their goals and achieve their objectives. This paper explores the basic concept of KM and addresses the need of KM in higher educational institutes by proposing a framework to improve knowledge processes and practices in academia. This paper also highlights the role of data mining in facilitating KM in higher education through a case study that focuses on aspects of student management. Using data mining methods of pattern discovery and association rule mining, interesting patterns have been discovered from academic data that can be used for effective pedagogical decision making. The applications and challenges faced in the implementation of KM within higher educational institutes have also been briefly discussed.

Published
Apr 1, 2020
How to Cite
MEGHJI, Areej Fatemah et al. The Role of Knowledge Management and Data Mining in Improving Educational Practices and the Learning Infrastructure. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, [S.l.], v. 39, n. 2, p. 310-323, apr. 2020. ISSN 2413-7219. Available at: <https://publications.muet.edu.pk/index.php/muetrj/article/view/1589>. Date accessed: 01 june 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.22581/muet1982.2002.08.
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