Australia Microsoft Ignite 2017–special pricing for education customers

Over 4 days next February, more than 2,500 Australian Professional Developers and IT Pros converge on the Gold Coast to preview new technology, build industry skills and be inspired by innovation at Australia’s Microsoft Ignite 2017. It’s an event for the techies, and people obsessed with what they can do with technology. And it’s the…

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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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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Education - a glimpse of what that might mean

Last year, when I wrote “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users‎”, I imagined a future where the power of the Project Oxford services could help education institutions with scenarios like face recognition (Who’s in my classroom today? Is anybody smiling in…

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IT Heroes: How to stop parents or students block your parking bays?

I’ve been talking about machine learning a lot recently – the idea that we can use a bit of computing brain power to look at data, and make predictions, spot patterns and improve the value we can get from data in education. As an example I often talk about how-old.net, that estimates how old you…

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Student drop out in Australian schools

Yesterday media around the country reported that one in four Australian school students drop out without completing Year 12. The stories were based on a report from the Mitchell Institute, who published the report “Educational opportunity in Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out”, and a detailed factsheet about completion in senior schools. There…

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Partner Training - Building a Learning Analytics business

One of the key things that I’ve been focusing on over the last few months has been helping Microsoft’s partners to develop solutions that help education customers use data better – whether that’s for learning analytics, or looking at their management data in new ways. There are two key focus areas – one is making…

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Learn Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials on edX

At one stage in my career, working for fifteen years in marketing, I realised that it wasn’t just enough to understand what the data told me about my customers, but to also understand how to extract stories from the data. And to do that, I had to understand the techniques for analysing data – not…

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Free Azure Machine Learning in education - trials and credits

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a couple of articles about using Azure Machine Learning in education. Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education and Making machine learning in education easier for every day users. It covered scenarios like using Azure Machine Learning for education problems like student retention models, as well…

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Stopping exam cheating - plagiarism checking is not enough

I read in today’s Sydney Morning Herald the continuing story of universities in Australia fighting a constant battle with cheats in exams and assessments. Today’s story reveals that there’s not just a problem with plagiarism in essays, but also students paying impersonators to sit their exams for them:   University students are increasingly paying impersonators…

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Case study - Applying Azure Machine Learning in education to student dropout

Having recently written two articles about the theory of applying Machine Learning in Education – “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users” – I think it’s time to dive into a specific example of machine learning in education where it is being…

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