Disruptive Technologies - What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

Just a few minutes ago, I finished speaking at the EduTech Conference in Sydney about the impact of disruptive technologies on education. Months ago, I’d agreed to talk in a phone call with a colleague, and because I was overseas travelling at the time, they had provided the conference organisers with a synopsis that was…

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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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An event in Manly: Hololens, AR and the future of Business Intelligence

I know that this blog gets readers from all around the country, and the world, but I’d kick myself if I didn’t share this event, which is going to be just down the road from the centre of Sydney, in Manly The team at Lakeba and 360dgrees are doing some really smart stuff with 360…

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Analysing NAPLAN is only the beginning of improving learning with data

I recently met up with Mark Stanley, the Managing Director of Sydney-based Literatu, whose NAPLAN Explorer enables teachers to deep dive into analysing NAPLAN assessment data and to identify trends in learning. It’s one thing to make sense of NAPLAN reports, but another journey altogether to improve learning with data. Mark’s a ’Big Data in…

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Adelaide workshop: Using Power BI for Education Analytics – a free primer workshop

Look, this might be a bit awkward – I’m hosting an event in Adelaide next week, and that’s why the invite below talks about me in the third-person. If you can get over that, and you’re in Adelaide, then I’d love to see you in person! Microsoft offices, Adelaide, Thursday 24th March, 11AM We’re seeing…

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Where to get free and paid Power BI training in Australia

Over the last month, I think I’ve answered the same question about half a dozen times: “Where can I get Power BI training”. Normally, if I get asked the same question just twice it’s enough of a hint for me to write a blog post, and point people towards it, but as you’ll have noticed,…

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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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