Data Literacy in Action

In this module, the concepts of data literacy introduced in the introductory module will be explored further. The module will introduce a data interpretation cycle that can be used to inform instructional decision making and will address the steps of that cycle in depth.

6 weeks, 1.0 CEU

Currently scheduled sections

Instructional goals and learning objectives

  1. The learner will understand how data can inform instructional practice and the institutional culture around data.
    1. Understand how data can inform instructional practice.
    2. Investigate the current data culture in a classroom or school.
    3. Identify school/classroom culture as it relates to data.
  2. The learner will know how to develop important/relevant questions about data to improve instructional practices and learning.
    1. Understand a process for developing important/relevant questions about data.
    2. Understand the limits of data.
    3. Understand the power of data.
    4. Apply information gathered to develop a problem statement about instruction and learning.
  3. The learner will know how to develop hypotheses about how changes in instruction may improve student achievement.
    1. Define a process for developing multiple hypotheses.
    2. Use provided rubric(s) to evaluate hypotheses.
    3. Select the hypothesis.
    4. Refine the hypothesis to pursue.
  4. To collect appropriate data, test or analyze hypotheses and interpret results.
    1. Identify resources that might be relevant.
    2. Decide how to test hypotheses.
    3. Implement test.
    4. Explain how decisions can be informed by results (and what are the limitations of data).
    5. Interpret and understand the data results (trends and patterns).
  5. To develop, implement and evaluate action plans based on results and to communicate results.
    1. Develop action plans to implement the solution.
    2. Communication: Identify the audience for communication. Identify the most appropriate method
      for communication based on the audience (bar graphs, pie chart, etc.)
    3. Identify best practices for using data for instructional decision-making.

Alignment to North Carolina standards

Course schedule

  1. Week 1. Introduction
    1. Welcome
    2. Discussion Forum: Introduce Yourselves
    3. The Data Interpretation Cycle
    4. Discussion forum: Discuss how to use the data interpretation cycle.

    5. Data Interpretation Cycle Forum
    6. Data Culture Page
      Activity 1: Complete a survey on the data culture in your school and your current
      data collection and use of data. Discuss data culture at your school and answer questions pertaining to the survey.
    7. Discussion Forum: Data Culture Discussion
  2. Week 2. Asking Relevant Questions
    1. Developing Relevant Questions
    2. Scenario: Example of Developing Relevant Questions Page
      Journal Activity
      Discussion forum: Developing Relevant Questions
    3. Limits and Power of Data
    4. The Problem Statement
      Discussion forum: Comments or issues when developing a problem statement
      Journal Activity: Write your problem statement.
  3. Week 3. Developing a Hypothesis
    1. Developing a Hypothesis Page
    2. Discussion forum: Aspects of relevant data

    3. Scenario: Generating Hypotheses Page
    4. Evaluating Multiple Hypotheses Page
      Journal Activity: Develop one or more hypotheses statements based on your own problem

      Discussion forum: Step 3 — Hypothesis
  4. Week 4. Testing the Hypothesis

    1. Gathering and Analyzing Data
      Discussion Forum: Gathering and Analyzing Data
    2. Data Analysis
    3. Scenario: Testing Hypotheses
    4. Interpreting Results
      Journal activity: In your journal choose a tool you feel you are most comfortable
      with and explain why.

      Assignment: Data Findings
      Discussion Forum: Data Results
  5. Week 5. Developing and Implementing an Action Plan
    1. Developing an Action Plan
      Discussion Forum Action Plan
    2. Communicating Results
      Discussion Forum: Communicating Results
    3. Scenario: Developing and Implementing an Action Plan
      Activity: Complete a Tricider activity regarding action plans.
      Discussion Forum: Tricider ideas
      Assignment: Final Action Plan
  6. Week 6. Conclusion
    1. In Conclusion Page
      Activity 1: Conclude the module by completing a post module survey and
      reflecting on how (and if) this module has affected your practice.

      Also add to the forum on interpreting data and provide us with feedback on further
      information/learning needs.