McLeod Business Library and W&M Libraries Launch Data Education Initiative

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative data education initiative by W&M Libraries and the McLeod Business Library. The Data Crunch Lunch & Learn Series is a comprehensive program aimed at enhancing data literacy among students, faculty, and staff.

In today's data-driven world, the ability to effectively manage and utilize data is paramount. With this in mind, the team has curated a series of five workshops covering a range of topics essential for navigating the complexities of data:

Data Management and Sharing Plans (February 19, 2024)

Finding Open Data (Wednesday, March 6)

Company & Industry Data (Tuesday, March 26)

Consumer Data (Thursday, April 11)

Research Metrics (Friday, May 3)

Each workshop will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, alternating between Swem Library and the McLeod Business Library. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch for registered individuals, fostering an interactive and engaging learning environment.

These workshops are designed to cater to both novice and seasoned data enthusiasts, providing practical insights and tools applicable to research and coursework. By participating in the Data Crunch Lunch & Learn Series, attendees will gain valuable skills that are increasingly sought after in today's academic and professional landscape.

As part of W&M's commitment to addressing pressing data-related issues, the university recently hosted an event on February 14 titled "Data Privacy: The AI challenge for educating in the digital age." Sponsored by the Working Together initiative, which is supported by the Provost's Office, W&M Libraries, the Studio for Teaching Learning Innovation, and Information Technology, this event featured a panel presentation that explored crucial questions such as:

What is data privacy in the modern university?

What data-related ideas should educators consider when deciding on the use of AI in the classroom?

Who is responsible for student data privacy and security?

This discussion provided valuable perspectives on the intersection of data privacy, education, and technology, further highlighting the importance of initiatives aimed at enhancing data literacy within the community.

Registration is now open for all workshops, but space is limited. Be sure to secure your spot and register early.