Ed-Fi 102

Introduction to Ed-Fi Technology Suite

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Course Overview 


This foundational course introduces the Ed-Fi Technology Suite. Academy students explore the different artifacts provided by Ed-Fi, such as the Operational Data Store (ODS), The Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and the many supporting tools that together form the Technology Suite. This course includes some technical content but is suitable for all skill levels.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this course are: 

  • Understand the different options available to deploy or host the Ed-Fi Platform. 
  • Be able to visualize your entire data pipeline. 
  • Understand the changes the Ed-Fi Technology Suite will enable. 
  • Identify the potential changes to relationships with technology vendors and an organization’s role in data integration.


Course Outcome

By the end of this course, Academy students will:

  • Understand the main components of the Ed-Fi Platform and the many supporting tools available including Data Import and the Ed-Fi Bulk Load Client Utility.
  • Understand how data is sent, received, and shared by education technology systems using Ed-Fi.
  • Understand the Ed-Fi ODS’s normalized table structure and the need for a denormalized structure for analytics. Star schema and Snowflake schema are provided as examples.
  • Get hands-on experience creating visualizations of how systems integrate to bring actionable data to decision makers.
  • Understand how data can be used once it is flowing through Ed-Fi technology.

Who Should Enroll 

  • Data engineers and technical analysts who use Ed-Fi technology to integrate systems.
  • Technologists who want a detailed understanding of Ed-Fi integration patterns and the available toolset.
  • Anyone who wants a detailed walkthrough of Ed-Fi technology.

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