SAS gives educators an easy pathway to the teaching of analytics

Universities and other higher learning institutions recognise that the teaching of analytics skills is a valuable income source. And despite the current economic challenges, employers continue seeking well trained analyst graduates to help them gain value from their ever-increasing data volumes.

SAS, the leader in analytics, has long been behind both educators and their students in addressing the worldwide shortage of skilled business analysts.

In addition to other tertiary institutions, 80 per cent of Australian and New Zealand universities now teach analytics using SAS and Ian Edwards – Head of Academic Outreach at SAS A/NZ – is on a mission to grow that percentage by making it easier for educators to offer SAS-based courses.

As Edwards explains, “Given that increasing numbers of students want to study subjects such as Machine Learning and Business Visualisation we are now providing educators with an easy pathway to quickly meeting that demand”.

Designed for professors, lecturers and tutors, SAS Australia and New Zealand has launched what Ian Edwards says is a, “Highly modular program they can pursue at their own pace, to find out how to offer SAS Viya-based teaching facilities.

“The program is delivered via a free Custom Learning Portal (CLP) and acknowledges educators’ time constraints by keeping the modules of short duration and making them available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It kicks-off with introductory ‘how to’ videos and comprises tutorials, simulations, and hands-on workshops.

All up, the CLP provides eight hours of end-to-end understanding that educators can absorb in small chunks as their busy schedules allow.”

SAS Viya is a data analytics framework to help organisations speed up their data analysing capabilities. The aim of SAS Viya is to make big data analysis more accessible to organisations and to speed up the process at every step from data collection to data deployment.

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