College of William & Mary
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Using data has been an important component of biology education for many years, and now data science makes this discussion even more powerful. In this workshop we will explore how to build on the ways data is currently used in the classroom to incorporate the emerging field of data science. Engaging students with data allows them to practice the scientific process, ask questions, formulate and test hypotheses, and develop scientific skills such as observation and data collection. This emerging field takes a holistic and highly interdisciplinary approach to using data to address challenges, including biological questions. Along with mathematics, statistics and computer science, data science skills are another set of tools that students will need to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Data science also provides another way to reach a more diverse set of students by addressing socially relevant problems, acknowledging the ethical and social impacts of scientific work.
This workshop will focus on how data science practices can enhance biology education. Participants will work with colleagues to develop and adapt teaching materials that use data and quantitative skills to engage students with meaningful biological problems. We will consider which aspects of data science are most relevant to biology education, and how to incorporate these ideas in the existing curriculum. We will explore effective pedagogical approaches for incorporating data science in the classroom.
Who should attend?
The workshop focuses on teaching biology; however interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. Teams including colleagues from other scientific disciplines, mathematics, statistics, and computer science—as well as liberal arts—would be highly productive at this meeting. The workshop is appropriate for college faculty from two- and four-year institutions and high school faculty. Limited scholarships are available to help defray the cost of registration, and there is a special program for future faculty.
Sunday, July 14
Karen Cangialosi is Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment and Professor of Biology at Keene State College. She also serves as the KSC Open Education Faculty Fellow where she facilitates an Open Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community, and is co-leader of KSC Open, a Domain of One’s Own campus project. Read more about Dr. Cangialosi