Making It Stick: The Data Science Instructional Escape Room
TimeWednesday, September 1512:30pm - 1:15pm CDT
DescriptionOver the past decade, the term “data science” quickly turned from a popular word used in memos and briefs to an essential area of responsibility which was going to involve many facets. Although operations research, cryptography, and other pre-existing areas involved multiple aspects of what we now call data science, the vast and rapidly changing data environment presented new challenges which have not been previously encountered. In response to the need for talent, many new hires with expertise in STEM fields started in their new roles as Data Scientists, while others had to adapt to new responsibilities and challenges as converted Data Scientists in their current organizations. However, the challenge does not stop at hiring and retaining talent; it also requires being able to train this talent to confidently apply techniques and develop solutions within large organizations such as the government. While addressing this challenge, a data scientist and applied research mathematician with education and training expertise created and implemented an Instructional Escape Room (IER) as a review activity in the Data Science Fundamentals (DSF) course developed in 2017 for some of the U.S. government’s onboarding Data Scientists. In this talk, we outline some of the DSF course topics, describe aspects of the IER, and discuss observations and outcomes of the experience. We also provide some general guidance for how to implement such training experiences online.
Applied Research Mathematician/Technical Director