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Learning & Teaching Stories: Benefits of Using Real World Data. Dr Jackie Carter Senior Manager: Learning &Teaching and Social Science Data Services. Acknowledgments. Service teams Celia Russell Justin Hayes Gail Millin-Chalabi. Consultan t Sarah Currier. Learning & Teaching team

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learning teaching stories benefits of using real world data

Learning & Teaching Stories: Benefits of Using Real World Data

Dr Jackie Carter

Senior Manager: Learning &Teaching and Social Science Data Services


Service teams

Celia Russell

Justin Hayes

Gail Millin-Chalabi


Sarah Currier

Learning & Teaching team

Laura Shaw

Kenny Baird

the l t stories project
The L&T Stories Project

How Mimas services impact the student experience



In Search of Narratives

context of skills agenda references
Context of skills agenda: references
  • Leitch Review of Skills report, 2006 (Prosperity for all in the global economy)


  • Economic & Social Research Council. 2009. Building a world class social science research base in quantitative methods: a national strategy. ESRC Society Today.


  • MacInnes, John. 2009. Proposals to support and improve the teaching of quantitative research methods at undergraduate level in the UK. ESRC Society Today.


  • UK Commission for Employment and Skills. 2009. Ambition 2020: world class skills and jobs for the UK: the 2009 report: key findings and implications for action.


  • Higher Ambitions


  • Skills for growth



Strategic Adviser

Report Dec 2009

the aims and outputs
The Aims and Outputs
  • Collective showcase of benefits of Mimas services to L&T community
  • How do Mimas services support skills base of undergraduates and taught postgraduates? Focus on employability
census dissemination unit casweb
Census Dissemination Unit - Casweb


web interface to census aggregate outputs and digital boundary data

Teaching with Census data

University of Leeds

Holly Shulman, Myles Gould, John Stillwell, Helen Durham

Teaching with International Time Series data

A student’s journey through econometrics data

2nd Year Project work

Using Real Data

Student feedback

University of Loughborough

Paul Turner

Screencams of teaching resources at


and www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX_rdCVzVVk

Teaching with International Time Series data

Applied Development Economics Project ADEP

Scientific approach to data

University of Manchester

Nick Weaver

two news items quick wins
Two news items – quick wins
  • Real Data Real World
  • Helping economics students keep it real
  • Census data: from the real world for the real world
presentations and publications
Presentations and Publications



CNI Spring



ESRC Research

Methods Festival



recommendations 1
Recommendations: 1
  • Direct contact with teachers
    • Through routes that teachers feel are authoritative
    • Find innovative ways for service staff to build direct relationships with key academics teaching in all subject areas
recommendations 2
Recommendations: 2
  • Utilise existing networks, conferences and journals
    • Promote Mimas services specifically for L&T in forums where teaching staff may look
    • Be targeted
    • Produce short pithy articles with visual examples

Picasso in his studio:

Source http://slowmuse.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/picasso-and-the-ocular-rape/

recommendations 3
Recommendations: 3
  • Theme 3- Support open sharing of L&T materials developed around Mimas services
    • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Embed services into L&T
    • Put materials where the users are
    • Maximise academic exposure to ideas to support their teaching
recommendations 4
Recommendations: 4
  • Keep services usable and current
    • Up to date
    • Available
    • Integrated with other services
Digital story telling

Mimas services add value

Data/statistical skills deficit

User focused, benefits-led stories

Promotion vs. Service Support

Work in partnership

Open resources/

open data/

data citation

Evidence base

“The sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians…

I do think those skills—of being able to access, understand, and communicate the insights you get from data analysis—are going to be extremely important. Managers need to be able to access and understand the data themselves.”

Hal Varian on how the Web challenges managers

Google’s chief economist says executives in wired organizations need a sharper understanding of how technology empowers innovation.

McKinsey Quarterly at http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Hal_Varian_on_how_the_Web_challenges_managers_2286

title and content slide
Title and content slide
  • Point One
    • Point One One
      • Point One One One
        • Point One One One
          • Point One One
  • Second Point
  • Third of the points
  • Another point, the fourth one