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Modern Education in a Post-Modern World

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Data Science is a comparatively new field and as such it is constantly changing as new techniques, tools, and problems emerge every day. Traditionally education has taken a top down approach where courses are developed on the scale of years and committees approve curricula based on what might be the most theoretically complete approach. This is at odds however with an evolving industry that needs data scientists faster than they can be (traditionally) trained.

Zipfian Academy is a new type of program borne out of the misalignment of current educational institutions' motivations and those of a dynamic industry. If we are to sustainably push the field of Data Science forward, we must collectively figure out how to best scale this type of education. At Zipfian, we teach data science and data engineering through an immersive 12-week project-based course with assignments built by practicing data scientists based on industry case studies. And by leveraging a collaborative learning environment we can most effectively teach complex topics and modern tools (like GraphLab).

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Modern Education in a Post-Modern World

  1. 1. Jonathan Dinu Co-Founder, Zipfian Academy jonathan@zipfianacademy.com @clearspandex @ZipfianAcademy Modern Education in a Post-Modern World July 21st, 2014
  2. 2. Today • The current (modern) State of Education • Our (post-modern) Methodology • Productionizing the Products (i.e. the industry) • GraphLab in the Classroom • Our School Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  3. 3. Disclaimer: This presentation contains strong opinions that you may or may not agree with. All thoughts are my own. * I love higher education, and am grateful for everything it has given me. And for the tireless hours professors spend to make sure that their students understand. Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  4. 4. Cultural Studies A Short Interlude… Source: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/rpstephens/2012/09/14/modernism-vs-postmodernism/Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  5. 5. Modernism mod•ern•ism: a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide- scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ModernismQuestions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  6. 6. The Reverend Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_BayesQuestions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  7. 7. Universities Universities are incentivized to produce high quality professors… Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  8. 8. Universities Who do cutting edge research and write (well cited) papers in peer reviewed journals Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  9. 9. Universities And give good grades? Graduation and retention rank 6-year graduation rate Average freshman retention rate Source: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  10. 10. Universities And give good grades? Source: http://www.gradeinflation.com/Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  11. 11. Universities Source: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/ To Exceptional students… Student selectivity rank Financial resources rank SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile Alumni giving rank Freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class Average alumni giving rate Freshmen in top 25 percent of high school class Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  12. 12. Employment Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy But this is at odds with what (many) students want
  13. 13. Employment Source: Mckinsey Report (http://mckinseyonsociety.com/downloads/reports/ Education/Education-to-Employment_FINAL.pdf) %ofGraduates 0 0.25 0.5 0.75 1 Students Employers Schools Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy Entry level Preparedness
  14. 14. Employment Source: Kim Polese (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Q0nkRjD80)Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  15. 15. Employment Source: http://www.nerdwallet.com/nerdscholar/grad_surveys/highest-employment-rates University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Nursing 98% Georgetown University McDonough School of Business 94% Michigan State University College of Nursing 92% Syracuse University School of Architecture 90% University of Massachusetts-Amherst Isenberg School of Management 90% Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business 89% New York University 88% Boston College Connell School of Nursing 88% Boston College Carroll School of Management 87% Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing 86% Highest Employment Rates (2012) 1. Princeton University 2. Harvard University 3. Yale University 4. Columbia University 5. Stanford University 6. University of Chicago 7. Duke University 8. MIT 9. University of Pennsylvania 10. California Institue of Technology U.S. News and World Report Ranking Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  16. 16. Postmodernism Post•mod•ern•ism: a late-20th-century movement in the arts, architecture, and criticism that was a departure from modernism. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostmodernismQuestions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  17. 17. Our Methodology • Outcomes focused • Project-based curriculum using real datasets • Guest lectures from leaders in the field • Mock interviews and hiring preparation • Full instructional staff + personal mentorship Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  18. 18. Our Methodology Com m unity Education Industry Meetup Student Groups Corporate Training Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  19. 19. Students program. Python for 10hrs/day Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  20. 20. Students program Python. for 10hrs/day Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  21. 21. Students program Python for 10hrs/day. Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  22. 22. Students program Python for 10hrs/day. SQL Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  23. 23. Students program Python for 10hrs/day. UNIX SQL Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  24. 24. Students program Python for 10hrs/day UNIX SQL to solve data science problems. Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  25. 25. Students program Python for 10hrs/day case studies. UNIX SQL to solve data science problems. Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  26. 26. Students program Python for 10hrs/day case studies. projects. UNIX SQL to solve data science problems. Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  27. 27. Industry But we can all learn from each other… Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  28. 28. Industry Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy #pydata Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism But we can all learn from each other… Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  29. 29. Industry Student Projects Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  30. 30. Production Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy Source: http://graphlab.com/products/create/overview.html
  31. 31. Pipeline Acquisition Parse Storage Transform/Explore Vectorization Train Model Expose Presentation requests BeautifulSoup4 pandas pymongo Flask yHat scikit-learn/NLTK Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  32. 32. Acquisition Parse Storage Transform/Explore Vectorization Train Model Expose Presentation requests BeautifulSoup4 Flask Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy pandas pymongo yHat scikit-learn/NLTK Pipeline
  33. 33. GraphLab Acquisition Parse Storage Transform/Explore Vectorization Train Model Expose Presentation requests BeautifulSoup4 Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy Flask
  34. 34. Our Methodology Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy #pydata Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism • Outcomes focused • Project-based curriculum using real datasets • Guest lectures from leaders in the field • Mock interviews and hiring preparation • Full instructional staff + personal mentorship Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  35. 35. The Programs Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy Program Data Science Immersive Data Science Fellowship Data Engineering Immersive Duration 12 Weeks 6 Weeks 12 Weeks Prerequisites • Programming Experience • Quantitative Background • Data Science Experience • Knowledge of Machine Learning Software Engineering Experience Curriculum • Stats/Probability • Machine Learning • NLP • Anomaly Detection • Social Network Analysis Capstone Project • Distributed Systems • ETL Pipelines • Databases • Stream Processing • Scalable Algorithms Price $16,000 FREE! $16,000
  36. 36. Timeline STRUCTURED CURRICULUM HIRING DAY CAPSTONE PROJECT GRADUATION 0 8 10.5 12 INTERVIEWS Data Science Immersive Data Fellowship Start Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  37. 37. ! • Working knowledge of programming • Background in a quantitative discipline • Comfortable with mathematics and statistics • Child-like curiosity What We Look For Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  38. 38. Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  39. 39. ! • Working knowledge of programming • Background in a quantitative discipline • Comfortable with mathematics and statistics • Child-like curiosity What We Look For Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  40. 40. ! • Present a guest lecture or share a data story • Donate datasets and propose projects • Sponsor a scholarship • Attend our Hiring Day (July 31st) Get Involved Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  41. 41. ! • Full-time & Part-time Instructors • TAs • Data Scientist in Residence • Mentor (volunteer) We’re Hiring! Questions? tweet @zipfianacademy
  42. 42. ThankYou! Jonathan Dinu Co-Founder jonathan@zipfianacademy.com @clearspandex

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