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  • Blog Post: 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 the data fun, then you might...
  • Blog Post: How to buy academic Power BI licences - a step-by-step guide

    There are a number of ways of buying A cademic Power BI li cences, 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 just...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summits - September 2015

    We have just announced dates and venues for our 2015 Education Partner Summits in September, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. As usual, the invitations are open for Microsoft Education Authorised Resellers and our other partners who deal with education customers. This year’s education...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Event Invitation: Keep Students. Save Millions

    One of our specialist partners, S1 Consulting , work with universities and TAFE institutes across the country to help improve the value of student management systems, and the use ability for individual institutions to manage the student lifecycle and student experience. Recently, they have been working...
  • Blog Post: Free - Teacher Dashboard for Office 365 Education

    Teacher Dashboard is an app for Office 365 Education that lets you easily share files and assignments with your students, and then allows you to grade them and provide feedback. It’s a web-based classroom manager tool for Office 365 that customises your school’s system to support the teaching...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerBI and open government data

    PowerBI is one of the most flexible ways to visualise data that I’ve seen (it’s just been released as part of the Office 365 service). And, what’s even better for me, is that it uses Excel as the starting point – which means that I’ve already got 90% of the skills needed to work with it. (I know I work...
  • Blog Post: The challenge of student retention–how early do universities spot students at risk

    I’ve been chatting with Jon Ryder at XMPro in the UK, who has been working with British universities on projects for student engagement and retention. I’ve also been working with Microsoft Education partners in Australia on the same challenge, and their solutions which help universities and TAFEs identify...
  • Blog Post: What does Power BI for Office mean for education customers?

    Over the last year I’ve shared a fair amount of information on the use of business intelligence (BI) in education , with examples of ways that useful information can be unlocked from educational data, as well as looking at the new tools being created to help users get better views of their data...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools–PowerPivot and PowerView in Excel 2010/2013

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools - mapping data with Report Builder

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools - Dashboards in SharePoint 2013

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools–a short demonstration of setting up alerts

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: Big Data webcast on 19th February

    In two weeks time we're hosting a webcast on Microsoft’s vision and solutions for Big Data, and to discuss the strategic potential of Big Data for organisations. In the business world today, senior IT people and their business counterparts are struggling to gain business insight from the unprecedented...
  • Blog Post: If I can track my pizza order on my phone, how about my children’s learning?

    I can track my pizza order in real time… Pizza Hut have announced the availability of a new app in Australia to allow you to or der your custom-made pizza from your Windows Phone , and in some countries, I can do the same for a Domino’s Pizza . Currently a quarter of all Pizza Hut’s...
  • Blog Post: Common and critical mistakes in using data to monitor student performance

    After writing about the new UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers yesterday , I spent time reading through the model, and thinking about how the information could be applied. I found some sections which were really useful in the context of Business Intelligence in education - how schools use their...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in education - webinar recording

    I’ve been spending a lot of time recently talking about Business Intelligence in Education - both internally and with external organisations. Some of the work I’ve been sharing has come from colleagues in other countries, and I wanted to share some of the information further. I have two colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Future Works Skills - The challenge for the assessment system

    There are a lot of projects underway around the world looking at the skills that students will need for the future workplace. I’ve just read the “ Future Works Skills 2020 ” report, which was completed by the the Institute For The Future on behalf of the University of Phoenix Research Institute. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in Education - visualising learning data - part 2

    Yesterday, I ran a '”Business Intelligence (BI) in Education” webinar - which included a number of examples of system-wide dashboards around the world. But the highlight (once we’d managed to sort out his microphone) was hearing from Rod Colledge of StrataDB - and ideas of how data could be made more...
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