Using Data Workshops etc.

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Using Data Workshops etc.
Cathy Manduca
DAWG, November 03
A Hot Topic in Geoscience
Education
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2002 NSDL Using Data Workshop
2002 DLESE Skills Workshop
2002 Cutting Edge Workshop: Using Global Data Sets to Teach
Earth Processes
2002 AGU Sessions
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2003 DLESE Meeting Using Data Workgroups
2003 GSA Illustrated Community Discussion: Using Data to
Teach Earth Processes
Abundant in GSA and AGU education sessions:
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Geophysics Data in the Classroom
Using Global Data Sets in a Local Context
In Our Own Backyard
Education and Outreach Efforts of Major Research Facilities and Organizations
Geowall
PKAL: Using Technology, Teaching Methods
Important Resources/Partners
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NSDL Report: Using Data in Undergraduate Science
Classrooms
NSDL/Cutting Edge Using Data Portal
Cutting Edge Using Data Topic
Starting Point
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Teaching with Models (Bob Mackay)
Teaching with Data (in development-Bob Mackay editor)
Investigative Cases (Ethel Stanley)
Role-playing (Becky Teed)
Earth Exploration Toolbook
Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences (new funding)
DLESE 03 Working Group Reports- concept
maps/recommendations
NSDL Workshop Report
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What do we mean by data?
Why is using data important?
How do we do it?
What do we know about how
well this works?
What are the implications for
digital libraries and data
providers ?
What do we mean by data?
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Processed vs raw
Model vs
observation
Images vs digital
underpinnings
Student collected
On-line data sets
Why is it important ?
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Real world complex problems
Use scientific methods
Critically evaluate validity of data and
strength of conclusions
Quantitative skills, technical methods,
scientific concepts; Communication
skills
Values and ethics of working with data
What is range of current
practices?
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To illustrate concepts or ideas
To enable student investigations
Students collect and interpret their own data often in the context
of a larger data set or model
Students use existing data sets to answer questions, often
asking their own new questions
Students collect data, develop a model of processes at work,
and test the relationship between model predictions and
observed data
Examples: serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/gsa03/browse.html
Recommendations for
Developers
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Students need to be able to:
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Find and access data relevant to the topic they are
investigating
Evaluate the quality of this data
Manipulate data to answer questions
Combine data sets to solve a central problem
Generate visualizations and representations that
communicate interpretations and conclusions
Contribute student data to larger data sets
View individual student data in the context of larger data
sets.
Repeating Themes
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Finding data is hard for the non-expert
Use will vary dramatically with learning goals, course
context, faculty style
Faculty and students like to adapt and create
Learning tools takes time for students and faculty-return must be worth the investment
Data and tools must be reliable
Understanding data uncertainty is an important
aspect of working with data
NSDL/Cutting Edge
Using Data Portal
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Data Sets
Tools
Pedagogic Methods
Activities
Examples
Discussion
On-line Contributions Welcome
Resources
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NSDL/Cutting Edge Using Data Portal (serc.carelton.edu/usingdata/)
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Report
Data sets/tools Activities/examples Pedagogy
On the Cutting Edge Using Data toTeach Earth Processes Topic
(serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/usingdata/index.html)
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Research on Learning/Effective Teaching Practice
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Assessment
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Examples
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Starting Point (serc.carleton.edu/introgeo)
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Teaching Materials and Pedagogic Methods
Earth Exploration Toolbook (serc.carleton.edu/eet)
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Step by Step Instructions for Data Access and Tools
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DLESE 03 Working Group Reports
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concept maps/recommendations(dlese.org/????)
DAWG 01 Report
(www.dlese.org/documents/reports/meeting/Feb_01/dawg20801_outcomes.html)
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