Diploma courses, Business Intelligence & Analytics and Business Informatics—offered under Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Information Technology—focus on providing students with data analytics skills that are required in today’s workplace. Dr. Koh Noi Sian, Lecturer at the School of Information Technology at Nanyang Polytechnic, decided to use Tableau in her classroom to teach students how to gather insights from data. Because of its easy-to-use interface, students spend less time learning the tool, and more time getting hands-on data analytics experience.
More time for actual analytics
The School of Information Technology introduced Tableau into Nanyang Polytechnic’s curriculum in 2011, when the Diploma of Business Intelligence & Analytics (DBA) was launched. When the DBA team researched self-service data analytics tools, they found that a lot of tools required a fair amount of coding. Students would have to spend more time learning the tool, leaving less time to actually work with the data. They came across Tableau and found that it was easy to use, with the analytical depth that was necessary for the curriculum. “It used to take a few weeks for students to create one dashboard,” said Dr. Koh. “They had to learn to use these complex, traditional visual analytics tools and this required quite a bit of scripting skills. We wanted to avoid this and allow the students to have more time to explore and work with data,” she explained. When Dr. Koh adopted Tableau into her curriculum, she spent an hour demonstrating Tableau to her students. After the quick training, students continue to pick-up Tableau within the first lesson, and usually create dashboards almost immediately.