Massifying Data Science Education through Immersive Datathons

Nkosikhona Theoren Msweli, Tendani Mawela, Hossana Twinomurinzi

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Abstract

As the demand for data-driven decision making continues to rise, data science education (DSE) is becoming more and more crucial. The primary aim of the study was to understand how DSE may be scaled to non-science participants, particularly using immersive DSE training sessions that culminated in a datathon (data science hackathon). The immersion programme was based on a project-based pedagogy informed by the CRoss Industry Standard Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM) to integrate data science's multidisciplinary nature. Quantitative research was used with 107 datathon participants. Using various statistical measures including Exploratory Factor Analysis, the key results revealed that non-science participants who completed the immersions and datathon were sufficiently knowledgeable in all the CRISP-DM components as well as those who attended the full DSE programme. This means data science skills can be attained by non-STEM individuals by spending focused time in immersions on a specific data science concept. In this case, immersion sped up learning as the participants picked up new data science concepts while applying them simultaneously. The study recommends immersions through datathons to encourage transdisciplinary collaborative learning to massify data science skills.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2023
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781713893592
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event29th Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems: Diving into Uncharted Waters, AMCIS 2023 - Panama City, Panama
Duration: 10 Aug 202312 Aug 2023

Publication series

Name29th Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2023

Conference

Conference29th Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems: Diving into Uncharted Waters, AMCIS 2023
Country/TerritoryPanama
CityPanama City
Period10/08/2312/08/23

Keywords

  • CRISP-DM
  • Data science education
  • datathon
  • pedagogy
  • transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems

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