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Queen's University experts comment on going back to school


Experimental course in "Data Analytics" prepares students for new kinds of careers– David Skillicorn

School of Computing professor David Skillicorn is available to comment on the increasing importance of data analytics (also known as data mining or knowledge discovery). The topic of data analytics often accompanies news about leaks but many don’t know its critical importance to businesses, law enforcement and intelligence, and scientific discovery.

The Queen’s School of Computing is offering an experimental course in which senior undergraduates will get the chance to analyze real-world datasets using a wide variety of data-mining techniques, and find out what really works in practice.

“After completing the course, they will be ready to hit the ground running, using state-of-the-art tools and approaches in industry and government,” says Professor Skillicorn. “While there is a shortage of skilled graduates in almost every area of computing, the shortage of those with data-mining skills is so acute that students with this background often find themselves in quite senior positions (with salaries to match) within a few years of graduation.”

Back to school branding/shopping/back to school commercials – Tandy Thomas

For many students, back to school time means back-to-school shopping. Queen’s School of Business Professor Tandy Thomas is available to talk about the branding, marketing and commercials that surround the concept of going back-to-school.

Cloud technology for students – Keith McWhirter

Queen’s Associate Director of ITServices Keith McWhirter can comment on student use of cloud technology and how the platform that students use to access it has become less important, while the prevalence of device support for cloud access has increased.

Parents and separation – Mike Condra

Mike Condra, director of the Queen’s University Health Counseling and Disability Services, is available to comment on parental anxiety after their child leaves home, often for the first time. He can discuss the many challenges associated with a child moving away including dealing with the sense of loss, expectations for their children and how university has changed since they attended.

Bullying prevention – Wendy Craig

With school just around the corner many parents have dived into back to school planning for their children. This is an excellent time to open up a discussion about bullying prevention with your child. Dr. Wendy Craig (Psychology), Scientific Co-director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network, is available to comment on these topics.

Curriculum reforms – Theodore Christou

Education professor Theodore Christou is available to comment on today’s curriculum reforms and the new wave of progressive education. Are Ontario’s schooling practices and programs out of touch with the pressing concerns of contemporary life?

Using social media to teach – Sidneyeve Matrix

Film and Media Studies professor Sidneyeve Matrix is an expert in digital culture and communication and says this fall more professors are taking advantage of social media tools for teaching.

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