Instructor in BI Self-Service
University of Calgary, Continuing Education

Instructor, BI Self-Service, Continuing Education


Job ID: 15062

Updated: April 12, 2018

Location: Main Campus


Position Description


University of Calgary Continuing Education (UCCE) houses one of Canada's largest and most successful continuing education departments. It is a multi-disciplinary unit offering diploma, certificate and non-degree programs in the classroom and online through technologies for course delivery.


In support of the University of Calgary's core principles and financial objectives, Continuing Education is an academic unit with a mandate to respond to the needs of the community through the design, development and delivery of high-quality lifelong learning opportunities.


Each year, UCCE serves over 20,000 adult learners and offers more than one thousand courses taught by hundreds of instructors—all experts in their fields. It is expected to fund, through revenue generation, the majority of its operational costs while contributing financially to the university.


The success of University of Calgary Continuing Education in meeting its business target in a competitive environment is dependent upon effectively serving students and by providing high-quality instruction and programs.


Position Description


University of Calgary Continuing Education is currently recruiting for an instructor (contract (term) position) to teach the following ICT 701 – BI Self-Service – Classroom delivery course.


These instructional positions are non-credit teaching appointments and, as such, are contract positions without benefits (other than those required by Employment Standards).


Course details:

  • ICT 701 – BI Self-Service – [Classroom Delivery]

FALL Monday - Friday, October 22-26, 2018

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, Classroom delivery only, Downtown Campus


Course Description:


This course focuses on the self-service approach to BI. Students will learn the tools and applications that allow business managers to create personalized reports and analytical queries. Focus will be given to standard reporting tools, advanced spreadsheet and dash boarding with some attention given to OLAP technologies.


The fundamental objective of business intelligence (BI) is to support business decisions. This means BI must provide relevant data and analytics in a timely manner, and be able to adapt quickly to changing business needs. BI has long been the sole domain of IT. In recent years however, BI tools have progressed to the point where they are now easier to use and are more accessible to the business manager.


Today sales, marketing, business development, and operations should all be using this self-service approach to manage and organize data in real time, and collaboratively build insights and analyses for their specific needs and to accomplish mutual goals.


This course is designed for Excel users, project managers, and decision makers who want to fill the gap between an Excel spreadsheet and a complete business intelligence solution. Leveraging PowerBI from Microsoft, students will learn how to pull data into an Excel spreadsheet from a multitude of sources, how to format and prepare that data prior to loading into an analytical model, and how to create visualizations and dashboards upon that data.


PowerBI from Microsoft is a suite of tools for desktop and Self-Service Business Intelligence. The suite includes the following tools:

  • PowerQuery used for sourcing data and preparing it for use

  • PowerPivot a modelling tool which creates an in-memory analytical ‘cube’ within the Excel environment, and

  • PowerView a visual dashboarding tool


Course Level Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the role and value of Self Service Business Intelligence (SSBI) within the corporate analytics environment

  • Define the responsible use of SSBI in the context of data governance

  • Describe the SSBI tools currently available in terms of their features and market positioning

  • Demonstrate how to build effective data visualizations from defined data requirements


Scope of Responsibilities (high level)

  • Create effective lessons plans, develop content, learning activities, presentations, assignments, evaluations, examinations.

  • (If classroom): Utilize Desire2Learn for all course materials, assessment and, student communication.

  • (If online) Utilize Desire2Learn (D2L) and Adobe Connect to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous course delivery including all course materials, experiences and student communication.



  • Master’s degree or equivalent and work experience in the field are desirable.

  • Industry experience an asset.

  • Adult learning certificate or equivalent is an asset.

  • Previous teaching experience is essential; post-secondary teaching experience is preferred.

  • Previous experience utilizing Learning Management Systems such as Desire2Learn, Adobe Connect, Blackboard or Moodle, is preferred.


Application Deadline: May 11, 2018.


We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes.  Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Additional Information


To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.


About the University of Calgary


The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


About Calgary, Alberta


Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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