The Analytics Academy - A coding course for everyone at DfE (Jack Tattersall, James Lowe and Peter Fitzsimons), Department for Education
The Analytics Academy is a bite-sized, gamified, online R coding course developed by the Central Analysis Unit for the whole of DfE. It uses an innovative approach to deliver training through online videos and coding 'missions', incorporating insights from behavioural science and the video-gaming industry. Analytics Academy makes what could be a dry and tedious learning process into something entertaining and engaging, by injecting the personality of the trainers and the odd nerdy pop culture reference to keep things light-hearted. Nearly 500 DfE staff - almost 80% of the department's analysts - have enrolled, and that number keeps growing.