Joy and Data Lecture

Joy and Data Lecture

Sir Michael Barber on the intersection of joy and data.

The inaugural ALL lecture on ‘Joy and Data’ was delivered by renowned British educationalist, Sir Michael Barber, in Melbourne in 2015. The lecture was introduced by Dame Quentin Bryce.

In the lecture, Sir Michael Barber looked at the rarely explored intersection between the joy of learning and the way in which we use data to measure, value and enable success.

Linking joy and data remains a bold idea as they are normally seen as opposites.

However, as Sir Michael argued in his lecture, if instead of judgement, data and diagnostic tools can help us understand where the problems are and inform the ways we address them, it can serve an invaluable positive role.