Developing Good Data Management Habits Early in Academic Life: Data Literacy Education for Undergraduate Students

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Research Data Access and Preservation Summit

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Zhang, Qianjin; Gall, Daniel
Data Literacy; Information Literacy; Undergraduate Education; Research Data Management; Research Data Services; Library and Information Science
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The University of Iowa Libraries has been providing data literacy education and training for researchers, faculty and graduate students for almost two years. Facing the fact of an increasing large number of undergraduates who are actively involving in research and creative projects on campus, we see the value of helping undergraduates build up data literacy skills. Considering that traditional workshops might not work for undergraduates due to their busy schedule, two subject librarians created and added a data literacy module into an existing one-credit online course, Library Research in Context for 2017. This course, aimed primarily at sophomores and juniors, helps students build and develop critical thinking and research skills for academic life and beyond. The two-week long module teaches data management concepts through readings and hands-on experience working on a project. Selected readings in this module include an overview of research data management, a MANTRA (Research Data Management Training) tutorial on data organization, a blog post on research documentation, and an optional reading about data sharing and intellectual property issues. The project guides students in navigating an existing folder structure on their computers and asks them to design a folder structure to efficiently organize a set of files. In order to assess and enhance the data literacy module, we would use a post survey to gather students’ feedback.