January 25, 2021

New Journal Article: “Integrating Data Science Tools into a Graduate Level Data Management Course”

The following article was published today by the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Title

Integrating Data Science Tools into a Graduate Level Data Management Course

Authors

Pete E. Pascuzzi
Purdue University

Megan R. Sapp Nelson
Purdue University

Source

Journal of eScience Librarianship
Vol 7, No 3 (2018)
DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2018.1152

Abstract

Objective
This paper describes a project to revise an existing research data management (RDM) course to include instruction in computer skills with robust data science tools.

Setting
A Carnegie R1 university.

Brief Description
Graduate student researchers need training in the basic concepts of RDM. However, they generally lack experience with robust data science tools to implement these concepts holistically. Two library instructors fundamentally redesigned an existing research RDM course to include instruction with such tools. The course was divided into lecture and lab sections to facilitate the increased instructional burden. Learning objectives and assessments were designed at a higher order to allow students to demonstrate that they not only understood course concepts but could use their computer skills to implement these concepts.

Results
Twelve students completed the first iteration of the course. Feedback from these students was very positive, and they appreciated the combination of theoretical concepts, computer skills and hands-on activities. Based on student feedback, future iterations of the course will include more “flipped” content including video lectures and interactive computer tutorials to maximize active learning time in both lecture and lab.

Direct to Full Text Article (12 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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