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Learning Iteratively, Learning Collaboratively: Lessons from Data Education Webinar Series

Cass Wilkinson Saldaña
Data Instructional Specialist II at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Cass Wilkinson Saldaña
Data Instructional Specialist II at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

My goal is to help learners, researchers, and communities engage meaningfully (and critically) with data.I participate and collaborate in open source ecosystems, especially in the domains of open science, biomedical research, digital scholarship, and civic data. I also strive to advocate for justice in worker and learner communities.How I work:* Teach workshops and graduate courses on data science in R and Python ecosystems* Research learner & user experiences with mixed methods* Contribute to open source tools & platforms* Maintain tools, projects, and communities* Visualize all the data 📊✨

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This video is part of the R/Medicine 2020 Virtual Conference. (Cass Wilkinson Saldaña)

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Welcome everybody. To the next talk we're going to be continuing on and kind of the education theme and talking is going to be talking about Lessons Learned in education during the craziness. That's how do I educate you often hear some specific call outs and also tematica risks and other things that we've heard of course, last two days. So I'm so my training, I am Adida librarian. And I'm also mixed methods research. ER so I work kind of Gather the worlds of Social Science, Education, and sometimes there's

a stick, if they have their time or soft or towards the school and Highway is tentatively. We might wander in a little skeptical. We make this song and we let ourselves be vulnerable so sure it's shop. You know, I work at the research team managers missions and with people who wanted their toolbox Is our program is called arcus and is part of the Department of biomedical and health informatics, Educators and artists. And our goal is to really support in a training guidanceresources and we are armed and it is kind of this idea.

I'm a culture change of really trying to help people share their data and feel comfortable. I really earlier what we heard about this idea of sharing how that can play out where there might be interested, but some kind of cultural to just stick privacy. So that's kind of a bit of what we what we do and so while we we do certainly work at first word in Spanish, I'm learning this new journey in write a lot of times working people who are making some type of So,

you know, for folks to our have made it here at our conference of like that when you have an experience like this with code like this, it's difficult is of course. But you know, this is also, the contacts were restored have learned that this is when we reach out to people. In fact, you know, whether it's a Google search for a forum post or some of the moments where I would argue that, we feel the most connected us communities as one of a kind of this very deflating.

So I think it's always important to come back to and remember even though I like this, this is just flat out, or rather. Cedar output and you can text you later. I still this error messages. And you know we also are supposed to be here a little earlier. We thought was reputable machine-learning visualized in a way that you can explain it to you about like this fit, right inside? But again, for a model. It's making it harder to integrate some of this information. So my task is often to help people

face. Look, it's the point where they can Bridge some of these moments. I too, am not knowing it's going horrible to some kind of actual community building around that time. So this is myself when I was working on it. My colleagues and I needed to find a way to test cheat sheet of the United States request, but I knew that this is the perfect time to reach out to the community. And I loved, I think I got another shop in. That was a really nice. So, how do we have a leap into into data science?

Lead to persistence and belonging and not just learning, but learning Rose and careers within complex institutions, right? So I'm going to give you some and hopefully, Think about some of these contacts that I'm probably a different ways to get back. I, I wrote those notes, like, oh Noah, bring it back to February. 2020 is kind of tragic, right at that missing in person. But over the winter with, in our particular, part of the universe's, Avita work of of

research into our little ecosystem. That shop is basically this this kind of overlapping. And so this was part of learning workshop and some of the things that I know Being able to get people together in a room. I love the technique of having small group. So I think that one in the 101 session on Thursday. I also love giving people coffee and food. So that's something we did here. But this is one modality that we had, we also find ways to cross. I'm so easy. Here is my my slack notifications around my

department cbhi, and also that shop are in the python life of pure heart to Bitstrips. Keep her from from shop. And so, they're really Gavin pointing in a contact with people can focus intently at a language and learn kind of what other folks are doing with in the hospital at with those languages. So this is probably are familiar with these different. Having a very full flat plates right at its really wonderful. What bikes are Cadence was there probably be maybe about one or two big events that are in

person and then some regular series with heated grips. And so I want to just draw your attention to you. When we're talking about, you need to practice. I'm so from the little sure, there's teaching Tech. Together is a great book by, I want Saunders of the carpentry. So, I really need to practice our people bound together by interest in the activities, such as highlights is this idea what gym at 4. So this is this idea that that you can be part of this community to become part of this community is being like, yes, I see. You can give it to

stockley. What this person up here is doing, I am the same cuz I don't think that can be very difficult. In motivating even said tentatively. Making your first car for stuffing envelopes your proofreading documentation, that's huge. And I think that this is a really helpful reminder for how it feels when bring you to be communities. That we really love and care about, is that getting more about too many secrets of paper, is something that I really appreciate from the Arca such a mission statement.

So we'd understand it. Pretty much all of us have experience with being the learner and the instructor and we could do that. There should be any time at all. This is another way that we kind of thinking about, going to be happy is extant, Community Music practice, but just as we want to make sure that newcomers can come. And not feel like this is cool, but this isn't the same time. Growing think about our communities as being spaces where everyone no matter where you're at. Can we eat at each other's? Everyone has something to share. So, that's an important time instead. Of course, he knows

happiness. I'll talk a bit about what it was like it had hit. Basically being a s Hospital Port like basically, shut down of anything that wasn't essential work being in person. So a lot of the remote distinction, if you weren't need to be there, if you want, this is now this created a really important impact that where people will be sickly who might have projects on site or research, that was not very important. We're basically by line for a while because they

couldn't get into their physical resources, are experiments and so there was a real people who were all of a sudden, Knowing how to spend this time and so our fearless leader Abu here from next to it. That the great idea to be like, well, his medication on a, we hold this webinar series lab down heal up. So we'll be Skippy. Create a rapid y scale, see the signs me to program and must have started in a few days later. It was going back to instruct facility. Did you notice process where

we're Thirty one of our ourselves, and our colleague is largely a technical, folks, mean I have a day where the ones that they're leading discussions and we also really committed since you can see about halfway through. He took a break for a couple weeks and slow down. A little bit more recently Monday to Thursday two times today. But we also, you know, we noticed that people were indeed coming a lot and coming back because there is an element of the military in structure and this personal element people really connected to

any deposit. And also we realized this is a huge opportunity to understand what people are going through right now. But in general. What is the state of The Art institution? How did it go from this massive activity to to learning about what it's life? That's a storm here. So we said let's go down a couple weeks and ask people. Some research. And if some of the statistics about attending and I will just keep going and talk a little bit about it. So we use mixed methods research. We were able I'm realizing I want to make sure to have time for everything

so we basically had service we looking at who was there. And we noticed that it wasn't just data analyst or wasn't just no one roll is really interesting. Mix of people who had already identified that they were they had they succeeded in their managers Ministry. So we are reaching people who we had a lot of people who were starting a career that shop or figuring out how they fit into things. And that became really, really important. Do, as we looked at this. We learned that people really responded to be welcoming atmosphere here. So, this was really something

people more than anything else, they responded to instructors and people pop their email and that was really neat to see that people wanted this sort of experience they want. There was an emotional moment. Those two important time, we also learned that people really wanted more guidance, and you're being a reliable community space. We also wanted to make sure to structure the contents Neither one of the newest things that you realize was that the social context here with absolutely key because what was happening was that people were not just not just

ticket information as end-users but trying to figure out within their units within their part of this kind of what it meant to learn and grow and some folks from program managers talking about the needs that creature has four groups of people. It wasn't enough just to assume people had the bloody, right? So we can just assume that people already just know a person with bad credit opportunities were ready to go. Perhaps interested in joining these bigger groups like them, but they

were just intimidated by that and they felt much more comfortable by having that. But so do you have the buddy? It's great. But you don't have the buddy. What are you do? How do you make this all work? We also found out that a lot of people really needed to convince their supervisors of value. And so, I love this idea here was just that you said that, I said that, if I had the magic button, that would be great. And so I made them. So, in this case, something like dashboard reported with Keith, is this idea

that, you know, when we think about communion practice at Community Action, understanding, but Tire kickers are all even just a, the networks across to you. Because this is something we're working toward is that we want to think about how influence plays out within a network network with knows that are connected here. And, you know, and so when you think about things, like, insolence, Christ Community, do you think about your highs within a community here about? You know, if you want to grill Community

people, how to help them set up and how to create materials. So that for like the nose in the network so that we can actually help people get protected time, we can help people who don't know the person reach out to you especially the folks. You might not your share some of the same normative identity access and the rate of worms. They just don't have to ask after, you know, yet we can help create that by being strategic about what we learned about communities. Really a tight would love to

see more of this type of work and I'm a mixed message person. So I will always love the idea of a network, that's something that is called out to me. But I think so hackneyed kind of think about going from from communities here to introduce great opportunities like to really a vaccine for people's growth and network. So I got a little rush there, I apologize there, but I am really excited to share this because I believe a lot in strategy. This is how I'm growing a lot personally funny ways to

celebrate boner ability that work for understanding and then you know about what it's like to be a newcomer and making sure that their employees to participate. I think we've got time for one brief question and the top one was, how do you keep people engaged when you're doing the presentations virtually? And it's it's a wonderful question. I think going back to our instructor kind of tool kit is Meaningful participation. Not putting people on the spot to have to share their video necessarily but I think brought my fatigued, right? But I think

really having meaningful ways to ask people questions in the chat to. I love having people predict, that's one of my favorite year being like why, my something break the kind of Socratic method. And, and just making sure that there's means that people feel really included at in meaningful ways in the beginning of the middle of the end. I want to make sure to have asked enough questions that people can jump into. I love, I love chat for that person. Yeah, this is been really great. Get some good ideas here. I have to think about some of the two

and we're going to bend an ink switch to the next session.

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