Insight at the fore of Learning Analytics


In a recently published article with, Professor Alan Smeaton discusses the advanced learning analytics that Insight Centre for Data Analytics are applying to help individual students in their progression through first year undergraduate degrees.

In the first semester of the last academic year 1,200 students in DCU signed up to PredictEd a weekly email alert service that predicts what their exam result will be, based on their level of engagement with course material online.

Students who opted to receive the alerts performed better in their exams compared to those who opted not to receive the alerts, with a net increase of 3% in exam marks, based only on the weekly alerts across 10 different modules. For one module, Business Mathematics, the improvement in exam performance was 8%.

AIPO Contestants find out about exciting Development Opportunities with Fidelity Investments

AIPO Fidelity VisitThe All Ireland Programming Olympiad is in its final stages to find out who will represent Team Ireland in the International Olympiad in Kazakhstan. Fidelity Investments have been supporting this event for over four years and continue to invest on our young Irish programming talent.

The group had the opportunity to visit the Fidelity office in Dublin, where they got an insight and understanding of the agile process they employ in product development. They had the opportunity to meet some of the staff working in various roles within the technology organisation and to hear more about what their roles entail. A number of speakers are recent university graduates and seem to be really enjoying their career journey with Fidelity so far. Most have had the opportunity to travel for business meetings or training. Some of the places they have visited were Boston, Tokyo, Stockholm and one even had the chance to go to Disneyland Florida for a business trip!

DCU at CoderDojo's Coolest Projects Awards 2015


On Saturday 13th June, Dublin's RDS hosted Coolest Projects 2015. 500 projects from around Europe were showcased by girls and boys aged between 7 and 17. This year DCU sponsored the special award for Enterprise which was won by Conor Begley (Dundalk CoderDojo) for Quickcon.

The School of Computing had a number of staff involved in the event with Rory O Connor, Martin O'Connor and John McKenna working the DCU stand. In addition, Mark Roantree, Brian Stone and Jennifer Foster were project judges.

[Picture Right:][DCU's Mark Roantree presents Conor Begley with the Special Prize for Enterprise]

Another Successful Expo for the Final Year Computing and Engineering Students

FYPExpo-3 Stephanie Dinsmore, First Derivatives with Aislinn Moorhouse and her ‘Easy to Learn’ e-learning project.

It might have been an 8am start and it was fairly cold outside, but it didn’t stop employers arriving early to make sure they got to meet DCU’s Computing and Engineering final year students. The Helix was definitely buzzing with visiting employers from dozens of different companies.

This year President of DCU, Prof. Brian Mac Craith thanked SAP for yet again continued sponsorship of the event and to the many companies who sponsored numerous student prizes. It was interesting to see this year, SAP’s key note speaker was Aisling Mulholland a previous Computer Applications graduate who spoke of her fond memories in DCU and how she has implemented her learnings into the working world of SAP.

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