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Learner Personas for Domain-Specific Data Science Educational Materials

Daniel Chen
September 09, 2021

Learner Personas for Domain-Specific Data Science Educational Materials

Finding data science learning and teaching materials is not what educators and learners will find difficult these days. Rather, finding domain-specific materials that will resonate with learners is the current challenge. In the medical sciences, many of our learners only know about spreadsheets, and treat our data as a visualization, using colors, spaces, one-off tables, and side calculations. They lack the vocabulary to talk and work with data in a programmatic manner that integrates with other data scientists.

This is a talk intended for data science educators and the education community. We adapted surveys from The Carpentries, “How Learning Works”, and “Teaching Tech Together” to create a learner self-assessment survey to discover learner personas in the biomedical sciences by clustering survey results. These personas and findings were used to create a data science curriculum that is grounded in data literacy topics around spreadsheets and good data practices.

Daniel Chen

September 09, 2021

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