Visual Business Analytics (VBA) project

Project activities

This is a two year project which runs from January 2013 to December 2014.

Phase 1 - Preparation and initial capacity building
January to June 2013

Conduct literature review - Business Analytics theory and prior work

  • Develop detailed project plans for each participant
  • Establish a reference group and its terms of reference
  • Identify curriculum areas, teachers and student groups
  • Identify tools and instruments, methods and strategies for research and development
  • Establish the Collaboratory online space and a project website for dissemination
  • Appoint software / media developers, research associate and assistant Project Manager

Develop the technology / software infrastructure for the Collaboratory

Acquire and develop cases, data and tool resources for the Collaboratory

Obtain the required ethics approvals

Phase 2 - Capacity building: Development, pilot and community of practice
July 2013 - December 2013

Development of the Collaboratory pilot

  • Develop the Collaboratory pilot
  • Evaluate the Collaboratory pilot / video focus group
  • Refine the Collaboratory and make it student ready
  • Refine and enrich the cases, data and tool resources for the Collaboratory

Develop the Business Analytics curriculum resources to be used with the Collaboratory

  • Develop teaching and learning materials, projects and assessment resources, as well as teaching guides
  • Train Business Analytics teachers in the use of the Collaboratory

Engage with the community of Business Analytics educators and practitioners

  • Prepare the initial findings from the participating institutions
  • Publish results at a national conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2013)
  • Organise and conduct a national workshop on Business Analytics and data visualisation (at ACIS 2013)
  • Establish a national community of Business Analytics academics and practitioners

Evaluate the current methods of Business Analytics Teaching & Learning - Business Analytics practice / survey, 2 focus groups, lab study

Project team conference 1

  • Develop a draft framework for teaching and learning Business Analytics intuitively and collaboratively
  • Report to and consult with the reference group

Phase 3 - Application and improvement: Data collection, analysis, refinement and publication
January 2014 - June 2014

Cycle 1 - Data collection, analysis and refinement at partner institutions

  • Use the Collaboratory in class and online
  • Formative evaluation of the partner-based Collaboratory / survey, 2 focus groups, lab study
  • Refine the Collaboratory
  • Refine the cases, data and tool resources to support the Collaboratory
  • Refine the framework for teaching and learning Business Analytics intuitively and collaboratively

Cycle 2 - Data collection, analysis and refinement at partner institutions

  • Use the Collaboratory in class and online
  • Formative evaluation of the partner-based Collaboratory / survey, 2 focus groups, lab study
  • Refine the Collaboratory
  • Refine the cases, data and tool resources to support the Collaboratory
  • Refine the framework for teaching and learning Business Analytics intuitively and collaboratively

Reflection, reporting and dissemination in the community of Business Analytics education and practice

  • Deployment of the Collaboratory for the community use
  • Report to and consult with the national community of Business Analytics practice and a reference group
  • Invite members of the community to the Collaboratory

Phase 4 - Dissemination: Deployment, reporting and application in the community of practice
July 2014 - December 2014

Cycle3 - Data collection, analysis and refinement in the community of Business Analytics education and practice

  • Use the Collaboratory in the community
  • Formative evaluation of the community-based Collaboratory / survey, 2 focus groups, lab study
  • Refine the Collaboratory with the community collaboration
  • Refine the cases, data and tool resources with the community collaboration

Reflection and dissemination in the community of Business Analytics education and practice

  • Consolidate findings from the participating institutions and community collaborators
  • Publish results at international conferences on Information Systems (ECIS 2014, AMCIS 2014)
  • Publish results in international journals on Business Analytics, Information Systems and Education
  • Present results at the second national workshop on Business Analytics and data visualisation (at ACIS 2014)

Project team conference 2

  • Finalise the framework for teaching and learning Business Analytics intuitively and collaboratively
  • Report to and consult with the reference group

Commission conduct of independent summative evaluation of the project / interviews

Finalisation - Project completion and future work
January 2015

OLT Final Report plus a Guide to the Collaboratory


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