How Pilbara Group is helping Australian universities turn knowledge into insight

Guest blog post from Lea Patterson, President & CEO, Pilbara   In any society, the availability of high-quality, affordable education not only determines the prosperity of that country’s knowledge economy, but also its future viability as a key player in our digital world. This is one of the key reasons why I’ve always been of…

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Driving decisions through data in Australia’s Higher Education sector

Did you know the current university attrition rate sees one-in-five students leave their course in the first year – resulting in $3.5 billion of lost student lifetime value across the student lifecycle? And that one-in-three university students fail to complete the course they enrolled in within six years of beginning it? Both trends are impacting…

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Power BI Dashboard in A Day

I love Power BI (really, it’s still my favourite service, 18 months after I first fell in love with it). And I am often caught sharing ways that it can be used in education – whether it’s for simple dashboards, or as a decision support tool for meetings, or for a live stream map of…

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Getting started with Power BI–a free e-book from Microsoft Press

If you’re a follower of this blog, or you’ve met me or seen me present in the last year, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Power BI – the very clever and powerful service that makes Self-Service BI a sudden reality. When I show people Power BI I see their eyes light up, as…

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Learning Data Science through a free online course

Last year I shared information on the Machine Learning course I took on edX, which taught me how to implement Azure Machine Learning services, and allowed me to build predictive data models. I’ve subsequently spoken with people who took the course on my recommendation, and have built interesting predictive models for student behaviour. One person…

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Free Power BI training sources

I’ve written about the Microsoft Power BI service a few times over the last year, and shared some of the work that I’ve done with it. If you have any interest in data and turning it into information, then I’m an absolute fan of Power BI. And if you want to share in some of…

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How to buy academic Power BI licences – a step-by-step guide

There are a number of ways of buying Academic Power BI licences, so I thought I’d write a quick summary to help people, as I have had the question a few times recently from customers and partners. We make it easy to buy Power BI licences for commercial customers straight from the Power BI website,…

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Using Power BI for Education Analytics in schools

I’m often asked to talk about Education Analytics or Learning Analytics, and I use the picture above for the first part of the story every time. Not because I’m lazy, but because I think that we need to talk about the true purpose of analytics projects. We’re trying to answer questions from people inside our…

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Free edX Power BI course – starts next week

There’s a brand new free edX course starting next week – “Analysing and Visualising Data with Power BI”, taught by Will Thompson. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how you can start to build an education analytics system for your school\TAFE\university. I am a massive fan of using Power BI in education, because of…

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Australian Education Case Studies Update – November 2015

One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “Who else is doing this?” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge – and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they are looking for…

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