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Re: Today's School System
  • 4/15/2014 11:12:15 PM
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Took me long enough to finally watch this. Wow.

 

Thank you.

Re: Today's School System
  • 3/26/2014 9:18:39 PM
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How Schools Kill Creativity by Ken Robinson

Is the #1 most watched TED talk at Ted.com with 23.5 million views according to Delta's in-flight magazine, current issue. @CandioNick, I think a lot of people agree with you and me - our schools can be improved.

Today's School System
  • 3/26/2014 1:55:47 PM
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I am also a massive education overhaul. The current system, of children separated by age, the emphasis on a debatably premature college education, and so much more... these concepts are archaic. We need change.

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/26/2014 1:18:48 PM
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Michael, not quite the same as the old-time exec. yes, the tickers and newsfeeds or other visual approaches can help as long as the right information is synthesized and presented in a manner in which it can make a difference. It sounds from Beth's and your comments that this was the big theme at the forum. I'd have liked to have been there!

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/26/2014 11:12:48 AM
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Now Michael, if we were to go around telling people our experience was transcendent they just might think we spent more time visiting the watering holes around the Gaylord rather than the conference itself -- cool as that was. For shame!

But seriously, it's interesting to discover the different types of companies -- across industries and of varying sizes -- pick up on the call for data visualization. And really, when you do see a tool like SAS Visual Analytics or SAS Visual Statistics in action it's not hard to imagine why. 

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/26/2014 10:25:52 AM
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When you say "many of us are in the same mode," do you mean not requiring a computer except for dashboards? Or requiring some visual 'quick hit' of all the pertinent information we need, in some kind of capsule format? Hasn't that been the goal of news tickers and RSS feeds and widgets since 'active desktop' became a thing?

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/26/2014 10:19:12 AM
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That's a very good point, PC -- Gold talked about 'university peer groups,' and about how the 23 campuses fall into different subgroups, some of which will be able to leverage this data better than others. But taking the big-picture view and tweaking policy across an entire state system -- and even across the whole country -- can create a ripple effect of positive results. 

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/26/2014 10:16:39 AM
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If anybody asks what we thought of SGF, Beth, we can say it was transcendent.

But seriously, the emphasis on interactivity and graphical depictions is putting dashboard creation (paging Tricia Aanderud!) and visualizations front and center.

 

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/25/2014 6:19:26 PM
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Michael, couldn't agree more "need dead-simple interactive tools and also coaching". This has been true for many years with executives. I remember an EIS (Executive Information System) dashboard for one exec, who would not use computers in general. His computer was configured so that when he switched it on, it would display the dashboard. This was the only reason he had a computer in his office. Now, many more of us are in the same mode. Too many things to do and too much information to take in.

Re: From academia & beyond
  • 3/25/2014 4:23:08 PM
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100% agree - having data, but not really using it is typical outside of academia too.

One aspect of the CSU project that I like - it seems the 23 schools will be given comparative data and data for their specific school, but no top-down prescriptions.

This should create some healthy competition.

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