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Activity Number: 68 - Fostering Growth in Data Science and Analytics
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 7, 2022 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #322657
Title: Lessons from Creating a New Analytics Major and a Lynchpin Course During a Pandemic
Author(s): Penelope S. Pooler Eisenbies*
Companies: Syracuse University
Keywords: course development; information literacy; technology agility; major development; analytics; undergraduate education

In 2018, our statistics working group in the Whitman School at Syracuse University were asked to develop a new major in Business Analytics and create new courses. During the major and course development process, we learned how to gain support for the major from alumni, students, and most importantly, fellow colleagues who would vote to approve the major’s implementation. The major was approved and launched in Fall of 2020. We then had to create the new proposed courses from scratch while our students were learning in a hybrid setting. I developed a course in data management that teaches students with little R experiences how to use R to go from raw data on the internet to creating their own data dashboards. Learning how to teach coding and analytical skills to students when in-person learning was never guaranteed provided daily challenges and learning opportunities. Syracuse University provides excellent technical support that aided in the development of effective teaching solutions for each challenge. After three semesters, our new major is popular and growing and our school is preparing students to be thoughtful, innovative, and ethical in their data-driven decision-making.

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