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Top 8 Data Science Resources for Professors

What’s one of the most tiring parts of prepping for your course? It might be finding data science resources for yourself and your students. Content that’s relevant, up-to-date, and free is far and few between, not to mention the time you’re spending combing the web to find it.

To make your life easier, we did all the research and compiled a list with the top 8 data science resources to help you structure your semester and keep you in the know on industry trends.

1. Data.gov 

“…newly-generated government data is required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while continuing to ensure privacy and security.” (https://www.data.gov/about)

There are over 200,00 datasets available on Data.gov with topics ranging from agriculture and climate, to education and finance. These datasets are free to use and include details about where it was sourced, when it was last updated, and publisher contact information. Other tools and resources are also available to aid in your data research and examination.

2. DataCamp

Here you can find online courses focused on data science and analysis, data language and more. You can choose course “tracks” based on technologies, topics, or careers that you’re interested in. With a free account, you’ll have access to multiple practice assignments and free projects to improve your proficiency. However, as an educator, you can get premium access for your class for free! Learn more about how you get free classroom access here.

3. Kaggle

Kaggle is another great resource that’s available to friends of data. Here you’ll be able to utilize free online courses in Python, machine learning, pandas, data visualization, SQL, R, and deep learning. Since these courses can be completed in a few hours, they could easily be incorporated into your syllabus as assignments or group projects. Kaggle also houses more than 9,000 datasets for easy download.

4. Medium

Medium is a community board full of wealth. There are articles, blog posts, and case studies focused on tips and innovations in the field of data science. Here you’ll be able to find different perspectives on a range of topics from industry professionals.

5. Data-Driven Decisions with Domo

Stukent’s newest course, Data-Driven Decisions with Domo, is focused on making business decisions using data visualizations and transformations. Utilizing the industry-leading platform Domo, this courseware includes facilitator guides, lecture material, quizzes and assignments, a term project, and access to expert lecture videos with industry professionals.

6. Cognitive Class

Cognitive Class offers free online courses for both beginners and advanced students in data science, AI, big data, and blockchain with supplemental videos and a virtual lab. Although they don’t offer academic credit, these courses would be a nice complement to your preexisting courseware.

7. EdTech: Focus on Higher Education

“EdTech: Focus on Higher Education explores technology and education issues that IT leaders and educators face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution.” (https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/about-us)

EdTech presents articles and case studies revolving around data use on campus to provide results and shows how IT (information technology) is changing the classroom.

8. Smart Data Collective

This independent community showcases advancements in business intelligence and data management with topics varying between analytics and AI, to big data and data quality. Stay on top of the news by following them on social media and bringing the insights into the classroom.

 

Let us know in the comments how you incorporated these resources into your courseware! If there are any additional resources or tools you swear by, share them with us in the comments below.

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