DataBasic: Design Principles, Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners

Catherine D'Ignazio, Rahul Bhargava

Abstract


The growing number of tools for data novices are not designed with the goal of learning in mind. This paper proposes a set of pedagogical design principles for tool development to support data literacy learners.  We document their use in the creation of three digital tools and activities that help learners build data literacy, showing design decisions driven by our pedagogy. Sketches students created during the activities reflect their adeptness with key data literacy skills. Based on early results, we suggest that tool designers and educators should orient their work from the outset around strong pedagogical principles.


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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441