Data Literacy

Submitted by Jeffrey Dowdy on June 11th, 2018
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Short Description: 

This session was part of an undergraduate, critical thinking and global perspectives course. The course is offered by various disciplines on campus. This instance focused on global challenges (The Seven Revolutions developed by For the session the students applied two frameworks to data: authority is constructed and contextual and scholarship is a conversation. Students learned about a data lifecycle concept with emphasis on evaluation.

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Learning Outcomes: 

Employ credible resources in studying key global challenges

Liberal Studies

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

The data literacy session was part of a semester-long, scaffolded research paper on a specific global challenge. Students were encouraged to use data to back up their arguments and research.

Assessment or Criteria for Success
Assessment Short Description: 
An assessment rubric is still in development. One issue with the assignment in its present form: students misunderstood the first question of the assignment (Provide two examples of types of data that inform your research topic). Many interpreted 'types' to mean actual datasets or reports instead of brainstorming about what data could exist.
Potential Pitfalls and Teaching Tips: 

For future iterations of this topic, I would like for students to evaluate multiple examples of data used in journalistic writing. Both to understand how to write with data and to see how data can be employed to make a point or to support a story.

Suggested Citation: 
Dowdy, Jeffrey. "Data Literacy." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018.