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 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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Power BI in education – telling stories with data

Last year, I recorded an example of using the Power BI in education, and specifically the Q&A service, to turn data into information on Australian universities (you can see it here on YouTube). Recently, I’ve been creating an example with school data, to show another way of using Power BI in education. This latest example…

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Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education

You can’t read anything about technology trends these days without reading about Big Data and the power of algorithms. It pops up in education with lots of discussions of education analytics/learning analytics and a pile of other acronyms.  I think that the discussion is so intense in education because it’s one of the key sectors…

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Education is still Australia’s biggest services export

According to the latest data on international trade from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, education services are still Australia’s largest services export, with a $15bn revenue in 2012. Whilst this is $3bn ahead of the next largest export (personal travel services), it’s still a big drop from the $17.6bn high of 2009. In fact, it’s…

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Social media and student recruitment–why is it so important?

Remember Shift Happens, from five years ago? Of course, it spawned a lot of similar style presentations, and they’re still rolling on today – many with the same soundtracks. Here’s an interesting one that would wake up the start of a conference or meeting, from Erik Qualman (author of socialnomics), about the impact of social…

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Analytics and Business Intelligence in US education–what are the lessons for Australian universities?

Nearly two thirds of universities in the US reported in June 2012 that analytics (or business intelligence*) was a major priority for their institution, or some departments within their institution. And 84% reported that it was more important to them than two years ago. As a single fact, that doesn’t seem significant – what’s really…

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International student numbers continue to fall in Australia

Last July, I wrote about the decline in international students in Australian universities. A Deloitte analysis showed a decline in 2010 and 2011, because of tighter visa rules, the strength of the Australian dollar and more international competition for students. And they were forecasting 2012 to be another weak year. Well, they were right. The…

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