ERIC Number: EJ1167938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Hands-On Learning: A Problem-Based Approach to Teaching Microsoft Excel
Slayter, Erik; Higgins, Lindsey M.
College Teaching, v66 n1 p31-33 2018
The development of a student's ability to make data-driven decisions has become a focus in higher education (Schield 1999; Stephenson and Caravello 2007). Data literacy, the ability to understand and use data to effectively inform decisions, is a fundamental component of information competence (Mandinach and Gummer 2013; Stephenson and Caravello, 2007). This commentary highlights the structure of a data literacy course that aims to simultaneously teach problem-solving skills and Microsoft Excel skills through real-world examples and problem based learning. This commentary aims to provide insight to other educators teaching similar courses regarding using technology as a tool for developing a student's problem solving ability.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Computer Software, Decision Making, Data Analysis, Higher Education, Data Interpretation, Problem Solving, Spreadsheets, Educational Technology, Required Courses, Agricultural Education, Business Administration Education, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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