Hour of Cyberinfrastructure: Using Data-Driven Education to Improve CyberGIScience Education

Authors: Coleman Shepard*, , Eric Shook, University of Minnesota
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Geography Education
Keywords: Cyberinfrastructure, Teaching, GIS, Geospatial, Geography, Spatial Thinking,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Hour of Cyberinfrastructure is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project with an aimed objective to deepen student’s understanding and skill sets in regards to cyberliteracy for GIScience. With the importance of data science knowledge and skill sets growing, there is an apparent need to educate and close skill gaps in the future workforce. Through this project, 17 lessons will be developed in the following eight core areas: Big Data, Computational Thinking, Cyberinfrastructure, Interdisciplinary Communication, Geospatial Data, Parallel Computing, Spatial Modeling & Analytics, and Spatial Thinking. As lessons are implemented through partners across the United States through JupyterHub, customized Jupyter Widgets will aid in providing the user with interactive pieces to guide them through the complexities of learning technical material. These widgets provide validation to questions, track user metrics, and log all the information to a central repository. The tracked metrics will act as a proxy to understand how our users progress through each lesson. This approach will not only aid in the creation and adjustment of material, but it will assist in answering how students learn complex technical material. Though this is the foundational stage, this data will be instrumental in the construction of future material to help progress the teachings across different fields. Bridging the gap of skills and refining our pedagogical approach in the production of material marks great promise in the expansion of cyberliteracy across different communities.

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