Industries generate more and more data (see Internet of Things, BigData, etc), and along with it the requirement of not only technical, but also strong analytical skills. Business Intelligence technology makes complex data analysis easier to perform without the need of low-level programming skills. Thus, understanding and communicating data become critical for companies, and data scientists are becoming a very scarce resource, and lack of data communication and visualization skills, including data storytelling and infographics, lack of knowledge of basic tools to analyses and present data become a serious problem for the modern labour market.
The skills of the teachers and trainers to analyse and communicate data is not just a question of the quality and the presentation of their research: it is also important to note that this issue is not only concerns the data that they have to analyze for their research work but they also have to analyse data regarding their students and their students’ needs. “Teachers are expected to analyze and interpret assessment data and make various inferences and/or decisions based on the data (e.g., student strengths and weaknesses, appropriate interventions to implement). The underlying theory is that by informing with data decisions related to instructional goals, methods, and time allocation, teachers can better target their instruction to students, ultimately resulting in higher levels of achievement.
The project aims to develop a 30 hours multimedia blended course on Data Understanding and Communication (3 modules: Problem analysis, Data analysis, Data communication) to be implemented in the frame of Continuing Professional Development, Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education environments to upskill teachers and trainers (and their students) to better analyse and present data, enriching their teaching practices and their employability.
We set up a survey to see, what would constitute a useful course: what would be the most important skill to learn, which media is the easiest to use, and what learning methods teacher would prefer for themselves?
Completing this questionnaire will not take longer than 5 minutes.
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