UMIT Teams' One Action

Learning and Growing

By UM News

Learning and Growing

By UM News
Two UMIT teams came together to learn the basics of predictive analytics at the first of a series of brown bag lunches implemented as the “One Action” they are taking in response to the faculty and staff engagement survey.

Wish you could tell the future? A small group of UMIT staff learned the basics of predictive analytics – the use of data and statistical algorithms to future predict trends and behavior patterns – at a lunchtime presentation hosted by one of their peers. This was the first of a series of brown bag lunches implemented by the Decision Support and Planning and Institutional Research teams as their “One Action” in response to the results of last year’s faculty and staff engagement survey.

“Collaboratively, our teams reviewed the survey results and discussed the opportunity to focus on professional development,” said Sheryl Borg, executive director of Decision Support Services. “Working together as a blended team for the past two years has given us a unique opportunity to share diverse skills – now we’re formalizing that.”

Krishnan Kottaiswamy, ETL developer, hosted the presentation for close to 20 of his colleagues. “We’re considering predictive analytics to assist in forecasting future plans for the University community. This was a great opportunity to teach others about it,” said Kottaiswamy.

The lunches will be hosted quarterly, and anyone on the team can submit a topic for consideration. “We plan on having more sessions and eventually involving others going forward. Everybody has different skills – if anyone wants to learn through these sessions, they could transfer their knowledge and help each other grow,” said Kottaiswamy.

In addition to the brown bag lunches, the team created a shared calendar where anyone can post webinars and conferences, and a resource library to share learning materials. UMIT leadership encourages team members to dedicate up to five hours per month to their professional development and provides meeting rooms for collaboration and collective learning.

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