Bringing Accessible Data Science Training to Undergraduates

TitleBringing Accessible Data Science Training to Undergraduates
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2020
Project Summary

University graduates in many disciplines need skills to organize, interact with and extract meaning from data via reproducible and auditable methods. Through this project, we will create and sustain widely accessible learning opportunities in data science and contribute to a data-literate citizenry. Specifically, we will:

  1. review and broaden DSCI 100: Introduction to Data Science, based on campus-wide consultation;
  2. create a data science minor available to any undergraduate, which involves developing seven new courses;
  3. create professional development opportunities for faculty and TAs to share student-focused pedagogies for teaching data science; and
  4. develop and implement evaluation plans to assess the effectiveness of (1)–(3).

This project would provide thousands of undergraduates from any discipline with foundational data skills and the opportunity to complement their degree with a relevant minor.

This project is synergistic with other TLEF proposals which address discipline-specific efforts in data science curriculum (https://bit.ly/2MlAC68).

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorTiffany Timbers
Year 1: Funded Amount115,675
Year 1: Team Members

Tiffany Timbers, Instructor, Statistics, Faculty of Science
Gabriela Cohen Freue, Associate Professor, Statistics, Faculty of Science
Michael Gelbart, Instructor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Rachel Pottinger, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Phil Austin, Associate Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science
Patrick Walls, Instructor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Gülnur Birol, Director, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science
Warren Code, Associate Director, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science
Sara Harris, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Science

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2021/2022
Year 2: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorTiffany Timbers
Year 2: Funded Amount115,675
Year 2: Team Members

Tiffany Timbers, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Statistics, Faculty of Science
Gabriela Cohen Freue, Associate Professor, Statistics, Faculty of Science
Michael Gelbart, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Ian Mitchell, Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Rachel Pottinger, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science
Phil Austin, Associate Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science
Patrick Walls, Associate Professor of Teaching, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Gülnur Birol, Director, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science
Warren Code, Associate Director, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science
Sara Harris, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Science