3 Data and Analytics events

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We’re hitting the ground running with data wrangling this year. Here are three events you might like to check out.


1. Wikidata with Andy Mabbett

WikiData_Event_Poster_FINAL-01This is a seminar and networking event centered around wikidata projects. Wikidata is the creation of international, multilingual databases, for example the geo locations of public art, or the names and basic biographical data of female Architects from Victoria, etc. Creating these databases with wikidata facilitates the creation and linkage of Wikipedia articles, and media on Wikimedia Commons, and more across the Wikimedia reference projects.

Andy Mabbett is an expert in creating and managing wikidata projects and is in Melbourne for the Libraries, Technology and the Future conference. Andy will present a seminar and join in networking with people interested in this line of work at RMIT.

Wednesday 10 February 5~7pm Multi Function Room of the Design Hub RMIT University. Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton. Please register at Google Event page and/or or the Wikipedia Meetup page.

2. MeasureCamp Melbourne

MeasureCamp is an open, free-to-attend unconference, different to any other web analytics conference held around the world. For the first time since its creation in 2012, MeasureCamp is finally landing in Australia.

As a concept unconferences are designed to encourage discussions & exchange of ideas and have proven to be extremely popular in recent years. They provide an alternative to the traditional one-way conferences through a more collaborative social framework for knowledge sharing. With its small discussion group format and the schedule defined and curated by attendees, MeasureCamp provides participants with the ultimate opportunity to learn, develop and network with peers, consultants and vendors.

MeasureCamp is an unconference, the schedule is created on the day and speakers are fellow attendees.  Everyone is encouraged to discuss and participate in sessions, even to lead sessions themselves. You focus on what YOU find most interesting and useful.

Saturday 19 March, 9.am – 6pm RMIT University. Tickets to MeasureCamp are available here.

3. Improving IT students’ performance via tutorial-based learning and learning analytics for improved student counselling


Catalog (1963) from Internet Archive Book Images on Wikimedia Commons

In tutorial-based learning, active learning methods are emphasised by changing half of course’s lectures into tutorial sessions. These sessions utilise automatically assessed tutorials in ViLLE – a collaborative education tool developed in University of Turku. The tutorials consist of interactive learning materials (such as text, images and videos) combined with automatically assessed exercises, and are done in collaboration with other students in a lecture hall or computer labs. In the presentation, the tutorial-based learning is demonstrated with various examples about utilising it in different courses, including introductory and object-oriented programming, databases and introductory courses to computer science and algorithms. Studies conducted about tutorial-based learning show that the methodology, when properly applied, improves student performance and the course pass rates statistically significantly. Moreover, to further improve student performance, a three year study about improving the methodology for student counselling in the IT department is presented. In the redesign, several new methods were presented, including various improvements to group counselling and individual meetings. Enhanced technology support was designed and developed to aid the counsels as well as help students’ self-reflection throughout the first year of IT studies, including for example the usage of RFID technology to record attendances and homework. Besides the methodology redesign, the results of the redesign in relation to various statistics collected during the freshman year are presented and discussed.

About the speaker: adjunct professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso holds a university research fellow position at University of Turku, Finland. His main research interest are automated assessment, immediate feedback, learning analytics, gamification, effect of collaboration in computer science education He is heading ViLLE team -research group in University of Turku which develops ViLLE – the collaborative education tool platform.

Friday February 12, 2016 11:30am – 12:30pm RMIT City campus, SAB Building 80, Level 5, Room 12 (080.05.012) Please register via Facebook


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