2018 Data Science Education Opportunities

The Division of Data Sciences (http://data.berkeley.edu) has several near-term opportunities to support instructors in learning and incorporating data science approaches. We are offering three summer workshops, and two programs of course development resources.  Please let us know about your interests and needs!

Program Overview

Building from the freshman level upwards, the Division of Data Sciences supports an open, interdisciplinary curriculum that stretches across campus and provides a foundation for Berkeley undergraduates of all majors to engage capably and critically with data. The Foundations of Data Science class (Data 8) is currently serving over 1,000 students per year across about 70 majors and fulfills statistics requirements in 90 percent of the majors that have one. More than 30 entry-level “connector” courses have been created by instructors in disciplines from humanities to engineering. Instructors in many departments are now developing advanced courses in order to serve their existing majors, and to integrate with the major and minors to be offered through the Division of Data Sciences.

April 11, 2018

Data Science Pedagogy and Practice: A Short Summer Workshop

Monday-Thursday, June 4-7, 2018 | Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall

  1. Learn data science concepts, pedagogical methods, and technical tools, and get help integrating them into your own practice. This workshop (June 4-6, with curriculum building meetings on June 7 tuned to your individual curricular needs) will cover some of the computational and statistical concepts that students learn in the Foundations of Data Science class (Data 8) through hands-on analysis of real-world data. It will support instructors from all disciplines in exploring how to teach courses that can connect with and enrich this approach. Open to UC Berkeley instructors, faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and other members of the campus community as space permits. No computational or statistical background required.

More information: http://data.berkeley.edu/education-program/data-science-pedagogy-workshop

Graduate Student Introduction to Data Science Pedagogy

Friday, June 8, 2018 | Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall

In this new one-day workshop, graduate students will learn about the pedagogy of the Data Science Education Program, where UC Berkeley is leading in curricular innovation in this exciting area. This workshop will cover some of the computational and statistical concepts that students learn in Data 8 and Data 100, as well as an overview of the Connector courses and Modules. It will also give experience using a cloud based computing environment. Graduate students can use these skills and resources to improve and imagine new types of teaching. Open to all UC Berkeley graduate students.

More information: https://data.berkeley.edu/news/graduate-student-data-science-pedagogy-workshop 

Human Contexts and Ethics (HCE) Workshop

Monday-Tuesday, June 11-12, 2018 | Academic Innovation Studio , 117 Dwinelle Hall

Berkeley’s undergraduate Data Science programs will include a requirement for students to learn about the human, social, and ethical contexts in which data analytics and computational inference play a central role. With this 2-day workshop we aim to encourage and support instructors across the disciplines to develop new courses and transform existing ones to become HCE options. The workshop will discuss the framing of the HCE requirement, review experience so far, and give support in developing new modes of pedagogy.  We’ll cover approaches such as case studies, historical examples, data sources, and exercises.

More information: https://data.berkeley.edu/news/new-human-contexts-and-ethics-hce-workshop

Data Science Modules - Request Development Support

The Data Science Education Program provides assistance to instructors interested in adding data science modules to their existing classes, through student developer teams that partner closely with you to develop materials over the summer and into Fall 2018. Data science modules are short explorations that give students the opportunity to work hands-on with a dataset relevant to your course and receive instruction on the principles of data analysis, statistics, and computing. Modules vary widely and are customized based on each instructor’s objectives and the type of course, ranging in length from one to two lectures to multiple-session workshops culminating in a data-centered project. A recent article and video explain how modules are currently being deployed.

For more information visit: https://data.berkeley.edu/education/courses/modules

Proposals for Data Science Connector Courses (Fall or Spring)

Students in Data 8 learn computational and statistical concepts from a variety of examples spanning a broad range of disciplines. Connector courses (2, 3, or 4 units, often numbered 88) are designed to build on students’ analytical knowledge from Data 8 in connection to their own interests in a specific field. Connectors can be housed in a department, cross-listed in multiple programs, or piloted as a L&S course. The Data Science Education Program seeks to broaden the suite of connector offerings available to students and increase the potential to integrate data science into existing curricula. DSEP is able to provide a range of technical, pedagogical, financial, and community-building support to you in piloting a course, as well as computer lab space and lab assistants.

For more information visit: https://data.berkeley.edu/education/connectors

Contact us

If you have questions about the Data Science Education Program in the Division of Data Sciences, feel free to contact us:
Cathryn Carson (clcarson@berkeley.edu), DSEP Faculty Lead
Ryan Edwards (ryanedw@berkeley.edu), DSEP Curriculum Coordinator - Connectors
Eric Van Dusen (ericvd@berkeley.edu), DSEP Curriculum Coordinator - Modules
David Culler (culler@berkeley.edu), Interim Dean, Division of Data Sciences