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University of Delaware

Department of Physics and Astronomy

 

federica bianco

she/her

Inclusive Data Science Pedagogy Across Domains and Student Populations

Data  Science Institute

Biden School of Public Policy and Administration

NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

2015-2019
2019-now

2019-now

2021

 

ML

PNS

Principles of Urban Informatics

large class (2x50)

diverse background - Master level

Data Science for Natural Scientists /

Machine Learning for Time Series Analysis

small class (20)

undergrad+grad - Natural Sciences

exporting these modules:

 Machine Learning for Natural Scientists

small class (20)

Grads - University of Parma Italy

absolute code novices => proficient hackers

data enthusiasts => domain experts

used to structured homework => experience with open investigation

no functional coding => coding for research

domain experience

minimum coding background

little experience w quantitative inference

not accustomed to participatory work

Principles of Urban Informatics

large class (2x50)

diverse background - Master level

Data Science for Natural Scientists /

Machine Learning for Time Series Analysis

small class (20)

undergrad+grad - Natural Sciences

exporting these modules:

 Machine Learning for Natural Scientists

small class (20)

Grads - University of Parma Italy

Data Science provides an opportunity for inclusion in STEM

Including students from population traditionally withheld from STEM

Including STEM newcomers

Introducing students to research methods

Validating Student's Background, Experience, Domain knowledge, Creativity

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Recipe:

  • Real Data from Real Problems
  • Collaborative project-based work
  • Free access, industry-ready  tools
  • On-going discussions of DS ethics
  • Discussion-based classroom elements and live coding by the students

harder to achieve

equalizing technology access:

Slack (or discourse), GitHub, GoogleColab, tableau, (authored, carto), Python

validating everyone's background

(assigned roles: data steward, domain expert, methodology design lead)

real problems from the literature (scientific or public access work, including blogs, medium posts)

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students unpack ethical aspects of each project

Data Ethics is now a core course of the ​UD MSDS

Grading

Grading:  while I talk a lot about coding practices, the grade is always only based on the analysis, not the code:  

(1) are the figure telling the story and telling it correctly

(2) figure captions - are the figures interpreted correctly

(3) reproducibility: does the code run

  • Project-based includes a with 1-1 interview

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Thank you!

Federica B. Bianco

University of Delaware

Physics and Astronomy 

Biden School of Public Policy and Administration

Data Science Institute

NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

please email me if you have questions! fbianco@udel.edu

@fedhere

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