College and Beyond

Preparing Students for a Data-Rich World

This slide deck was presented at East Bay Educational Collaborative Professional Development Center in Warren, Rhode Island on April 12, 2016 where Ruth Krumhansl was a guest speaker. In addition to this presentation, Ruth also led several workshops on EDC Earth Science. The audience was about 45 teachers from all across New England.

Learn more about the workshop.

Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue-Workshop Report

What does it mean to be data literate in the world of “big data”? What should we be teaching students to better prepare them to participate in today’s workforce and society? What steps need to be taken to develop critical data literacy skills in schools? To seek answers to these questions, EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) convened an expert panel of both data analysts and educators for a workshop on data literacy.

Big Data, Big Promise

Ruth Krumhansl, Founder of the Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), describes all the ways big data is changing lives today, the challenges that big data brings, and why ODI is working to transform education to include more data-relevant instruction.

"Data will be part of [student's] future and it should be part of their instruction too".


Profile of a Big-Data-Enabled Specialist

ODI gathered a panel of experts from the scientific, education, business, and law enforcement fields to develop an occupational profile that describes the specific skills and knowledge needed to compete in a big-data-centered economy. This work is the first of its kind in the field. It is our hope that the results will help inform conversations about college and career readiness at the K–16 education level.

Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design

Large, high-quality online scientific datasets give today’s students the opportunity to work with authentic data and participate in real scientific work. Yet the educational promise of these datasets will not be met without concerted effort. ODI has created two reports to support interface and tool designers in their efforts to create data visualization tools for the classroom.

Are There White Sharks Swimming Among Us?

The company Strava was in the news recently for its ability to display highly accurate maps using position data from personal fitness devices (e.g., Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc.). Not only are GPS fitness devices tracking a person’s mileage on land, many also track water activities, such as swimming, to within a few meters.

Where Science Meets Science Fiction

I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about how we can better teach science using data. I believe that 21st Century science is increasingly data-intensive, and that in order to teach science as it is actually being practiced, it should be possible to identify datasets and data stories relevant to most, if not all, topics in modern science to use in the classroom.

Identifying Curriculum Design Patterns as a Strategy for Focusing Geoscience Education Research: A Proof of Concept Based on Teaching and Learning With Geoscience Data

The geoscience education research (GER) enterprise faces a challenge in moving instructional resources and ideas from the well-populated domain of ‘‘practitioners’ wisdom’’ into the research-tested domains of St. John and McNeal’s pyramid of evidence (this volume). We suggest that the process could be accelerated by seeking out clusters of instructional materials that share a common design pattern and then researching the affordances, pitfalls, and mechanism for the cluster.

Tools for Building a Big Data Career Path

The documents included in Tools for Building a Big Data Career Path can assist schools looking to design and implement career pathways in big data.  These tools have been used by community colleges involved in the NSF-ATE funded Creating Pathways for Big Data Careers (DUE-1501927). They consist of:

1. Building Blocks for a Big Data Career Pathway
This template can be used to present the programs, courses, supporting activities, school and employer linkages that comprise a school’s proposed pathway.

Exploring Data through Ocean Tracks

This video was featured in the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase, held May 15-22, 2017. View the presentation.


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