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2021 ASU Data Conference

November 15 - 17, 2021| 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Passion, determination, purpose, hard work -- these are just some of the ingredients of ASU’s deliciously creative success.

From November 15-17, 2021 we’ll gather together at the 2021 ASU Data Conference to explore our theme, Recipes for Success, by swapping recipes and sharing the ingredients that help create our secret sauce! 

During the three-day, virtual event, members of the ASU IT Community will have the chance to knowledge-share, problem solve and network with fellow Sun Devils through a series of small-bite and main-entree presentations and training. Then we will, wrap up day three with Sliced! and in-person experience.

Sliced is a live event where contestants will analyze and visualize data on the spot in front of the ASU Data Conference audience. Contestants will be judged on areas such as accuracy, design, and cohesive storytelling, with the winning team taking home the coveted title of Sliced Champion 2021!

Forks up and bon appetit!

Celebrate fellow Sun Devils in the data community!

Every day this community is doing amazing things, and we want to celebrate it! During the Data Conference, we invite you to share a celebratory story or kudos for someone who helped you create a recipe for Data Success.

Share your celebrations today 

Then, join the #asu-data-community channel to enjoy the appreciation posts throughout the day. 

Let's fill up that channel with so much appreciation! 

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Agenda

Day 1 : November 15, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Keynote

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10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  
 Appetizers

Want to sample some of the recipes that bring ASU data success? Attend a 20-minute session to get a taste of new data learnings to bring back to your team.

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Training Dashboard: Your Recipe Catalog
 

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To find the perfect recipe, we need a way to find it easily. This quick introduction will show you different ways to find the perfect training and/or documentation.

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Enrollment Tracking: A Brief Overview
 

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Open to all chefs at all experience levels, this session will help you track, report and compare daily student enrollment totals. Together, we'll discuss and review the reports found on the Analytics Enrollment and Records Enrollment Tracking page. You'll leave knowing the difference between the comparison and current reports, the parameters available on these reports and the difference between these reports and census reports.

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The Secret Sauce: How to Use Alteryx to Explore & Validate Undergraduate Advising Data 

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If you're interested in exploring and learning about unfamiliar data in the ASU data warehouse, get the (kitchen) tools you need to apply when using Alteryx! This session includes a brief introduction on how common table expressions (CTEs) can be used to replace certain subqueries, making SQL recipes more readable and easier for others to follow.

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Get the Scoop! Tableau Tips & Tricks

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We're serving up several simple, yet immediately applicable, Tableau tips and tricks that can be leveraged in your next data dashboard or visualization. Downloadable resources will be available after this session -- talk about a treat!
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Serving up Success Using Google Tag Manager Server-Side Containers

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Curious how ASU orchestrates and collects behavioral analytics? Learn from top chefs how Google's server-based tag management containers are bringing a paradigm shift in data orchestration of digital environments.
10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Entrees

Kick your data knowledge up a notch with an Entrée session! During these 40-minute sessions, you’ll swap recipes and learn the ASU secret sauce.

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The Scoop on the Analytics Portal: Now & What’s Next

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Explore how to find data in the Analytics Portal today before getting the scoop on what's to come tomorrow.
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The Scoop on Regtech (Enrollment and Records)

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Not sure what ingredients make up Regtech (Enrollment and Records)? Find out how to use Enrollment and Records reports, how to get help, get details on pre-built reports and more!
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Data + Culture = Success

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Can adding a dash of data really improve culture at ASU? The answer is yes! Hear use case examples on how data has strengthened the UTO family and what the response has been.
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Actionable Analytics Gumbo

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The Actionable Analytics team blends together diverse spices and ingredients to collaboratively develop, deploy and maintain innovative enterprise-level applications and solutions aimed at supporting student success. Enjoy a sampler platter of updates on their Predictive Modeling, Data Mart and Campaign Builder efforts. Whether you're a first time diner or a returning customer, there is a dish of information for everyone!
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Unwrapped: Alteryx Data Validation

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Always interested in learning more about Alteryx data validation? Uncover data validation options that are available using Alteryx Workflows!
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Cooking With Collibra

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If you're curious about how to use Collibra in your data kitchen, this session is serving up an introduction on how to use Collibra so it can be an asset when cooking up delicious data success.

Day 2: November 16, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. 
Welcome!
 
9:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cooking Class (Double Session)

These 80-minute data workshops allow you the opportunity to take a deep dive into a specific data topic of interest — no studying required!

 

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It’s Thyme to Excel!

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If you're looking for practical tips to take back to your team when it comes to Excel, look no further! Participants will be guided through a short instruction workbook that includes basic Excel terms, a range of functions, basic VBA functionality, and then explore practical examples of the uses of these formulas in RegTech's current enrollment tracking validation and formatting templates.
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Discover Automation: Alteryx’s Secret Ingredient!

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Did you know that Alteryx has a variety of automation tools to make your work more efficient? Explore how to use Alteryx to automate communications via email and Slack and to automate the population or pulling of data to/from Google Sheets!
9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Entrées
Kick your data knowledge up a notch with an Entrée session! During these 40-minute sessions, you’ll swap recipes and learn the ASU secret sauce.

 

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Enrollment Tracking: The Secret Ingredient

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Discover some of the secret ingredients in Alteryx workflows and AUDB tables behind the Enrollment and Records and Enrollment Tracking reports by reviewing the logic/SQL used in several of the key computed fields included in these datasets.
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New Recipe Alert! Intro to asu_research in Redshift

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Knowledge Enterprise has refined, updated and shared asu_research schema in Redshift for the data user community! Get a taste for what the schema is like, as well as some use cases and best practices.
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New College Dashboard Buffet

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Find out how New College has turned regularly distributed reports into a smorgasbord of visualized deliciousness. Loosen your belt for these buffet delights: Knowledge Enterprise, Admissions, Student Enrollment, Classroom Scheduling and more!
10: 00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Appetizers
Want to sample some of the recipes that bring ASU data success? Attend a 20-minute session to get a taste of new data learnings to bring back to your team.
 

 

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The Actionable Analytics Data Mart Menu

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In order to support student success initiatives, the Actionable Analytics Project is mixing up enriched data tables that are built in the warehouse. Get a valuable update on how the project is going and what's to come!
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Special of the Day: ULC Dashboard Casserole

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The ASU EdPlus Data Analysis Team worked with stakeholders to revise and consolidate a variety of existing reports and dashboards into a more comprehensive dashboard with a single source of data truth for Open Scale Earned Admissions courses. Discover the chopping, mixing and stirring that went into the process.
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How to Best Use All the Ingredients in Your Cupboard

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What happens when you add a dash of Alteryx to pull in data from the Foundation's warehouse and WPCarey's Salesforce Org and a sprinkle of Jupyter Notebook to run a script for you and add it into a pot called Aurora User DataBase? Alumni data that uses a suite of Tableau dashboards to report off of for sweet confections like rankings survey pulls, magazine mailers, marketing analytics and more. Find out how!
10:35 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 
Entrée

Kick your data knowledge up a notch with an Entrée session! During these 40-minute sessions, you’ll swap recipes and learn the ASU secret sauce.

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Advice From a Master Chef: Alteryx Optimization

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One of our master chefs is dishing out tips and tricks to improve the processing and efficiency of Alteryx Workflows to make them run in a more sustainable fashion!
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The Dish on Dimensions API

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If you've been curious to learn more about Dimensions API -- which is used to query data on researchers, publications, grants, patents and more -- don't miss this session! Experts are serving up how the associated python code is used for pulling data, unnesting and cleaning the data, as well as some practical applications of the data like loading data into a database and associated visualizations.
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Customer Data Platform 101

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How does a Customer Data Platform (CDP) complement other enterprise technologies at ASU? Learn how CDP has different ingredients than a CRM, or MDM or SIS system and how a CDP can help support these other technologies to enhance user experiences, unify identities and bring greater context to user profiles.
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Testing the Right Recipe for Decision Making

 

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During this presentation, you'll explore a series of data-informed decision spaces relevant to higher education practitioners. Get the scoop on how people may contribute, partner, challenge, complicate and complement a purely analytic approach.
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Spilling the Tea: Cautionary Tales in Dashboard Development

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In an effort to provide users with a reporting one-stop shop, EdPlus creatively cooks up "everything to everyone" dashboards. To do so, they've created massive data sets and leveraged Tableau features like parameters and show/hide containers. However, the performance of the data sources and dashboards left developers and users hungry for more. The EdPlus team is sharing the scoop on the lessons they've learned and what they wish they knew at the outset.
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Hot off the Grill: How to Optimize Your Alteryx Workflow

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Discover must-know recipes to optimize Alteryx workflows with custom built Alteryx Macro inputs and outputs.

Day 3: November 17, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.  Welcome!  
9:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Cooking Class (Double Session)
These 80-minute data workshops allow you the opportunity to take a deep dive into a specific data topic of interest — no studying required!

 

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Cooking up Alteryx Recipes for Data Success
How do you react when served a challenging data analytics problem and the clock is ticking? In this hackathon style workshop, get with fellow ASU data enthusiasts and maximize your Alteryx knowledge to solve the most difficult data dilemmas!

 

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Power Query 101

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During this hands-on training session, find out how to use Power Query using datasets in DASH. Participants will explore how to pull in refreshable data using Excel on your desktop, how to combine datasets and more.
9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Entrée

Kick your data knowledge up a notch with an Entrée session! During these 40-minute sessions, you'll swap recipes and learn the ASU Secret sauce. 

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Predicting Student Persistence Using Machine Learning

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The Actionable Analytics team has been cooking up machine-learning models to predict next term persistence. In doing so, they've created a list of features for each student and built a set of predictive models to map these features to a predicted probability. During this presentation, explore how end-to-end development to deployment of these models can inform decision making and student-level actionability aimed at increasing student success.

 

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Deep Dive into iPOS Data

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ASU’s interactive Plan of Student (iPOS) is a custom-built application for graduate students, support staff, advisors and faculty. The iPOS provides a suite of tools for tracking a graduate student's progress, courses and program milestones. Get the scoop on the following areas:

  •  iPOS overview
  • Deep dive into iPOS data structure
  • Best practices for how to use iPOS for reporting purposes (e.g. course requirements, petitions, etc.)
  •  Introduction of iPOS data and available reports
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ASU Human Resources Analytics: A Key Ingredient to Your Strategic Partnership

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We know you're a master chef in the data kitchen, but did you know that you can use HR Analytic reports to be more strategic and predictive when using HR data dashboards? During this presentation, we'll show you current HR metric reporting and how to use HR data to have an impact on decision making and performance in the following areas: recruitment, hiring, compensation, retention, turnover, benefits, on boarding and employee performance.

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Appetizers

Want to sample some of the recipes that bring ASU data success? Attend a 20-minute session to get a taste of new data learnings to bring back to your team. 

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Tour de Canvas Data

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Since ASU adopted Canvas in 2018, more than 80% of the university courses are using Canvas to manage learning materials and assess student learning. It stores rich data about course design, student participation, learning outcomes and more. In this presentation, you'll enjoy a guided visual tour of the Gallery of Canvas Data.

 

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Spice It up With Student Services Data

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Get a taste for the data collected across ASU's student support services, including career, housing, involvement and new student experience data. Explore what's available, how to use the data and future goals in data centralization.
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Quick Tips & Tricks: How to Use Report Builder to Create User-Friendly Reports

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When it comes to creating a user-friendly report, SSRS Report Builder offers an abundance of useful options to help you whip one up! We're dishing out some advice, including using page break to group by Tablix or group by row/column group, naming groups using page name, highlighting rows based on an expression and more.

10:35 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Entrée

Kick your data knowledge up a notch with an Entrée session! During these 40-minute sessions, you'll swap recipes and learn the ASU secret sauce. 

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Introduction to Power User

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New to Power User? During this session, you'll gain the the kitchen tools to be the perfect Power User! Find out how to request a group, create a group page, publish reports -- and why it all matters.

Get the Dish on Student Profile Data

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If you've ever wanted to know the most commonly requested student records data, now is your chance! Explore concepts like New/Returning/Continuing, major, campus, primary record flags, enrollment status, academic level and GPA during this sizzling session. (Please note that this is not about the Student Profile displayed in Salesforce.)

What's on the Menu? Data Privacy in Practice

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During this working session, you'll review the landscape of privacy considerations for higher education data practitioners and “design your perfect menu” with hands-on activities to explore your attitude around and understanding of privacy. Blend your experiences with content developed by the Future of Privacy Forum and colleagues at other institutions who are working on the cutting edge of the privacy frontier.

Ingredients for Predicting Student Persistence

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One of the Actionable Analytics team's goals is to develop models that predict next term persistence at the student level. Through their ongoing data exploration, they have discovered many ingredients (predictors) that are highly indicative of persistence, many that are not and several that tell a completely different story than what they expected! Gain insights on what the team has uncovered regarding their model features and the features' complicated relationships with student persistence.

Blending Data Sources: A LIFT Case Study

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Using data from multiple sources, the LIFT (Listen. Invest. Facilitate. Teach.) dashboard is an example of how to leverage ASU reporting to gain powerful insights. Explore the LIFT dashboard conception and creation while you gain an understanding on how to blend data sources to answer broad questions.
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How to Utilize User Tables to Maximize the Data

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Every kitchen has a top secret recipe! Find out how The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Enrollment Planning and Data Analytics team maximizes user tables to gain efficiencies in serving the College’s varied audiences and data needs. Get a taste for how to write data from external/local GoogleDocs into a user table to join additional data and build automated reports, build tables containing new data fields derived from existing warehouse data and reduce large-report load time.

2:30 p.m.

 

Sliced

Sliced is a live event where contestants will analyze and visualize data on the spot in front of the ASU Data Conference audience. Contestants will be judged on areas such as accuracy, design, and cohesive storytelling, with the winning team taking home the coveted title of Sliced Champion 2021!

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