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									Tools for Bringing Data into
  the Classroom: SSDAN,
           OLC, &
       Virtual OR Meeting, 2009

  John P. DeWitt, SSDAN
  Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
Overview of the Presentation
• Introduction of presenters
• Re-cap of benefits of using data        (from “Using Data
  in Teaching” Webinar, 11:00 a.m. Oct. 8)
• Tools from the Social Science Data Analysis
  Network (SSDAN)
  – CensusScope
  – DataCounts!
• Tools from ICPSR
  – Online Learning Center
  – Others (e.g. SETUPS 2008, Investigating Social Capital)
• Joint Effort: TeachingWithData.org
 Introduction of Presenters

• John P. DeWitt, Program Manager, SSDAN

• Lynette Hoelter, Director of Instructional
  Resources & Development, ICPSR
Benefits of Including Data
• Engages students with the content and
  allows for sense of “discovery”
  – Shows how social science applies to everyday life
• Easily keeps lecture content up to date
• Engages students with the disciplines more
  – Actually work like a social scientist
  – Makes the importance of research methods and
    statistics more apparent
• Strengthens quantitative literacy skills
Making the Job Easier

• A wide variety of tools available to
  minimize barriers to using data
  – “Pre-packaged” activities
  – Simplified datasets
  – Sources of tabular data
  – Online analysis and visualization

•   CensusScope
•   DataCounts!
•   KidsCount
•   WebChip software
 SSDAN: Background
• Started in 1995
• University-based organization that creates
  demographic media and makes U.S. census
  data accessible to policymakers, educators,
  the media, and informed citizens.
  – web sites
  – user guides
  – hands-on classroom
    computer materials
• DataCounts!      (www.ssdan.net/datacounts)
   – Collection of approximately 85 Data Driven Learning
     Modules (DDLMs)
   – WebCHIP (simple contingency table software)
   – Datasets (repackaged decennial census and American
     Community Survey)
   – Target is lower undergraduate courses

• CensusScope       (www.censusscope.org)
   – Maps, charts, and tables
   – Demographic data at local, region, and national levels
   – Key indicators and trends back to 1960 for some
• Kids Count in the Classroom (www.ssdan.net/kidscount)
   – Course modules and exercises
   – Data resources and tools (tables, charts, maps)
SSDAN: DataCounts!
    Quickly connects     ..or Data Driven
    users to datasets…   Learning Modules

SSDAN: DataCounts!

    Brief List of available   Menu for choosing a
    dataset collections       dataset for analysis
SSDAN: DataCounts!
            Submitting a module:
            •Sections are clearly laid out
            •Forces faculty to create modules with
            specific learning goals in mind.
            •Makes re-use of module much easier
SSDAN: DataCounts!

Author and Institution
    Brief Description

                         Faceted browsing to refine the search
                         •Appropriate Grade Levels
                         •Subjects (e.g. Family, Sexuality and Gender)
                         •Learning Time
SSDAN: DataCounts!
            Data Driven Learning Modules are clearly
            laid out
            •Easy to read
            •Instructors can quickly identify whether a
            module would be relevant to a specific
SSDAN: DataCounts!
                Commands for selecting variables, creating
                tables, graphing, and recoding

• WebCHIP       Basic information about the dataset

                    Running the “marginals” command shows
                    the categories for each variable and
      SSDAN: DataCounts!

Students can quickly run simple cross
tabulations to see distributions and test
SSDAN: DataCounts!

                     Controlling for an additional variable
                     allows for deeper analysis
SSDAN: CensusScope

                 New ACS data
                 with improved
                 look & feel
                 coming Late
                 Fall 2009
  SSDAN: CensusScope

• Charts, Trends,
  and Tables
• All available for
  states, counties,
  and metropolitan
SSDAN: Kids Count
• Project to introduce data from Annie
  E. Casey Foundation’s
SSDAN: Kids Count
SSDAN: Kids Count
SSDAN: Kids Count
• Online Learning Center
• Other Resources
  –   SETUPS 2008
  –   Investigating Community & Social Capital
  –   Bibliography of Related Literature
  –   Survey Documentation & Analysis Software
  –   Social Science Variables Database
  –   Thematic Collections/Archives

• Repository of data-related materials
  – Exercises, including games and simulations
  – Tabular data
  – Publications
• Tagged with metadata for easy
• Submission form
  – Some elements allow for multiple values
  – Controlled vocabularies assist search
• User submissions
TwD Next Phases:
• Include resources for high school teachers
• Ability to link data to analysis and/or
  visualization tools
• Ability for faculty to rate and comment on
• Peer reviewed materials and capability for
  faculty to upload their own resources
• Community building through professional
  associations and networks of users

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