The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that universities are experimenting with a new metric machine not only to help students pick their next classes but possibly their major. Or in the thinking of most people trying to graduate from college, their life path.
The model for this new student advising tool is Netflix.
The Netflix model of gathering information from the subscriber, finding similar films, and locating favored genres works most of the time as a metric for helping you pick a movie.
I have rated over 5000 movies & television shows at Netflix. At this point, it recommends dvd’s that in fact are something I like watching. But then again, it is working from a fairly huge data set. Most of my friends, even the ones that are movie buffs, have only rated a few hundred films if they even have an account.
Those concerned about the Future of the University should take note then as the Netflix metrics machine makes its way into the academy beyond the bored sophomore rating movies on the library computer between study sessions.