The theme this month is critical data literacies. At the core of this theme are questions of what should we know about data collection, analysis, and visualization as participants in increasingly data-intensive activities? And what are some pedagogical strategies for cultivating these critical data literacies? Of course, these different approaches are deeply contextual and we hope you’ll bring your own perspective on what this means for you in your own work. We will have a couple speakers to jumpstart the conversation.
Sayamindu Dasgupta, an eScience postdoc, will talk about his work with Samantha Hautea and Benjamin Mako Hill exploring the critical perspectives of youth who are programming with public data about their own learning and social interaction in the Scratch online community. Jevin West, Assistant Professor in the iSchool, will also speak to his new course with Carl Bergstrom, “Calling Bullshit”, which has the goal of teaching students “how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in social and natural sciences”. The course has gotten a fair amount of press!