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  • Links to tools for updating ICPSR overview are found on the OR pages. We also try to keep a fairly recent version of the “Intro to ICPSR” presentation on both the ICPSR site and Slideshare.net – those presentations contain updated figures for numbers of members, studies, datasets, etc. and also often the most popularly downloaded datasets.
  • Take audience through Website to demo search (and/or allow them to look themselves)
  • TeachingWithData.org -- Faculty Presentation

    1. 1. TeachingWithData.org: Example Presentation for Faculty/Grad Students<br />OR Assessment Team Workshop<br />May 25-26, 2010<br />
    2. 2. Presentation Outline:<br />Introducing the project partners<br />Introducing TeachingWithData.org<br />General overview<br />How/When to use TwD<br />Finding what you want, wanting what you find<br />Future directions<br />
    3. 3. Project Partners<br />ICPSR <br />SSDAN<br />Others involved<br />American Economic Association Committee on Economic Education<br />American Political Science Association<br />American Sociological Association<br />Association of American Geographers<br />Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College<br />
    4. 4. Inter-university Consortium for Political & Social Research (ICPSR)<br />World’s oldest and largest social science data archive<br />Began in 1962 as ICPR<br />Membership organization with 700+ members worldwide (non-members can use many resources)<br />Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research<br />
    5. 5. Current “Picture” of ICPSR<br />Currently 7,800 studies (64,800 data sets)<br />Grouped into Thematic Collections<br />Available in multiple formats<br />Federal funding allows parts of the collection to be openly available<br />Data sources:<br />Government<br />Large data collection efforts<br />Principal Investigators<br />Repurposing<br />Other organizations<br />
    6. 6. Undergraduate Education<br />Fairly recent attention<br />Response to faculty<br />Undergrad users are fastest growing segment<br />NSF-funded projects<br />TeachingWithData.org (NSDL)<br />Course, Curriculum, & Laboratory Improvement project to assess the effect of using digital materials on students’ quantitative literacy skills<br />
    7. 7. SSDAN: Social Science Data Analysis Network<br />Started in 1995<br />University-based organization that creates demographic media and makes U.S. census data accessible to policymakers, educators, the media, and informed citizens. <br />Web sites<br />user guides <br />hands-on classroom computer materials <br />
    8. 8. SSDAN<br />DataCounts! (www.ssdan.net/datacounts)<br />Collection of approximately 85 Data Driven Learning Modules (DDLMs)<br />Datasets (repackaged decennial census and American Community Survey)<br />Target is lower undergraduate courses<br />CensusScope (www.censusscope.org)<br />Maps, charts, and tables <br />Demographic data at local, region, and national levels<br />Key indicators and trends back to 1960 for some variables <br />Kids Count in the Classroom (www.ssdan.net/kidscount)<br />Course modules and exercises<br />Data resources and tools (tables, charts, maps)<br />
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    10. 10. SSDAN: CensusScope<br />Charts, Trends, and Tables<br />All available for states, counties, and metropolitan areas<br />
    11. 11. TeachingWithData.org<br />National Science Digital Library – Social Science Pathway<br />Goal: Make it easier for faculty to use real data in classes<br />Undergraduate (esp. “non-methods”)<br />K(9)-12 efforts<br />Includes survey of ~3200 social science faculty <br />
    12. 12. TwD.org (con’t)<br />Repository of data-related materials<br />Exercises, including games and simulations<br />Static and dynamic maps, charts, tables<br />Data <br />Publications<br />Tagged with metadata for easy searching<br />
    13. 13. Engaging Students Through Data<br />Piques student interest<br />Supporting Quantitative Literacy<br />Roughly 30% of 2-year college students and 20% of 4-year college students show below basic or basic quantitative literacy skills:<br />These students could not, for example, estimate if their cars had enough gas to get to a gas station. (The Literacy of America’s College Students, American Institutes for Research, January 2006)<br />Engages students with disciplines more fully <br />Better picture of how social scientists work<br />Prevents some of the feelings of “disconnect” between substantive and technical courses<br />Opens the door to the world of data<br />13<br />
    14. 14. When & How to Use TeachingWithData.org<br />Short answer: ANY time! and often!<br />Long answer: Looking for<br />Background reading on pedagogical issues relating to quantitative literacy and using data in the classroom<br />Background information for teaching concepts<br />Ideas for creating own course exercises<br />“Ready to go” exercises<br />Datasets related to particular topics<br />Typically instructors will search TwD first and point students directly to resources, but students can also go directly to the site<br />Especially useful for graduate students beginning to think about teaching<br />
    15. 15. Target Audience:<br />Site primarily aimed at faculty teaching undergraduate social science courses (also grades 9-12)<br />Resources useful in “non-methods/stats” courses as well as “technical courses”<br />Think about it as teaching substantive content as well as teaching the quantitative skills<br />
    16. 16. Disciplines:<br />Currently covered:<br />Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology<br />Not a stretch: <br />Criminal Justice, Demography, Education, Foreign Policy, Gerontology, Health and Medical Policy, Law/Legal Services, …<br />
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    18. 18. Finding What You Want <br />Searching<br />Simple and advanced<br />Browsing<br />Filtered search to narrow results<br />Start with discipline or subject OR by type of resources<br />Heading links list all, sub-links narrow search<br />
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    24. 24. Data Resources:<br />Tables & Figures<br />Tables<br />Maps<br />Charts and other visualizations<br />Exercises with data<br />Datasets<br />For SPSS, SAS, Stata, and other packages.<br />Extracts for educational use<br />Full datasets<br />
    25. 25. Classroom Resources<br />Teaching Supports<br />Lessons/Lectures<br />Activities/Exercises/Assignments/Modules<br />Syllabi/Reading Lists<br />Reference Shelf<br />Tools for analysis, visualization, and course development<br />Events (conferences, webinars, etc.)<br />Pedagogical resources<br />Data providers<br />Success Stories<br />
    26. 26. Faculty Submission (coming soon)<br />Submission form<br />Some elements allow for multiple values<br />Controlled vocabularies assist search<br />
    27. 27. TwD Next Phases:<br />Include resources for high school teachers<br />Ability to link data to analysis and/or visualization tools<br />Mechanism for faculty to rate and comment on resources<br />Peer-reviewed materials and capability for faculty to upload their own resources<br />Community building through professional associations and networks of users<br />
    28. 28. For More Information:<br />(Your info goes here!)<br />Lynette Hoelter<br />Instructional Resources & Development<br />lhoelter@umich.edu<br />

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