Open data that anyone can access, use, and share is increasingly used in teaching and learning not only in areas such as data-science but across a variety of disciplines. Real data collection can be time-consuming and otherwise impractical. With the increasing availability of open data, teachers can carry out research-based learning activities using real data, without having to leave the classroom.
For this activity, you will find an open data set that you could use in a course you teach or support. Once you identify a data set you will write a short assignment description.
To find an open-data set use one of the following data repositories below and search for a data-set related to your discipline or specialization area.
- Figshare: Figshare is a global open data repository. You can find open data for a variety of fields and even visualize it.
- Data BC: Data BC hosts the BC Data Catalog which includes data that is openly licensed with the BC Government Open Data license.
To Create an Activity
- Find a data set that is relevant to your field or discipline
- Determine how students could analyze or use the data
- Write one paragraph describing the learning activity
- To help guide you in creating an assignment think about some of the the “core, discipline-agnostic competencies that students can “acquire in the context of research-based learning activities based on open data-sets
- Critical thinking
- Data curation skills
- Research skills
- Statistical literacy
- Teamwork skills
- Global citizenship
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