News & Updates

November 16, 2017 - Virginia Lacefield Presents at EDUCAUSE

On November 3rd, IRAA team member Virginia Lacefield presented to over 80 attendees at EDUCAUSE.


Titled "Evaluating the Impact of Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms on Students and Instructors: Lessons from Our First Full Year," Lacefield's presentation covered the 17 new technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL) spaces which were opened at the University of Kentucky between 2014 and 2016, as well as the student learning outcomes and retention during this time.


October 26, 2017 - Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics Wins Awards

The University of Kentucky's Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics (IRAA) team won two awards for their revamped website at the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) annual conference in Fort Worth, TX on October 10, 2017. The University won the first place award for “Best Institutional Research Electronic Fact Book”, and placed third in the “Best Institutional Research Website” category.


The re-design of the IRAA website and Interactive Fact Book has been a major project lasting several years and involving the entire IRAA team, so we are extremely excited to receive this recognition and grateful to the SAIR awards committee.


August 2, 2017 - Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics Hosts Iron Viz 2017

Last month, the Institutional Research and Advanced Analytics (IRAA) team hosted the first Iron Viz competition. Iron Viz is a data visualization competition utilizing Tableau and modeled after "Iron Chef," a television show on the Food Network.


Contestants were randomly placed into teams and given 45 minutes to produce a single dashboard utilizing a fictitious data set. Randomized teams balanced the Tableau experience levels of attendees and encouraged interaction and peer-to-peer learning. Throughout the 45-minute competition, Alex Dixon, advanced analytics data analyst, assisted teams by sharing tips and tricks. Once time expired, each team presented their dashboard explaining one lesson learned, one dashboard feature and one insight they gained.


The winning team was comprised of Baron Wolf (Office of the Vice President for Research), ReaAnne Pearson (Office of Strategic Planning), Shelby Albers (Institutional Research) and Kathy Tharp (Advanced Analytics).


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