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Episode 5: Andrea Rorrer and Matthew Pecsok – Data Science at the Utah Education Policy Center

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Andrea Rorrer
Andrea Rorrer

Guests: Andrea Rorrer and Matthew Pecsok

Guests in this episode are Andrea Rorrer and Matthew Pecsok, from the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) at the University of Utah.

Andrea is the Director of the Utah Education Policy Center and Matt works as a Data Scientist.

About the UEPC (from their Website): The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit University of Utah research center in the College of Education that bridges research, policy, and practice in public schools and higher education. The UEPC is committed to increasing educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults.

Matt Pecsok
Matt Pecsok

Summary

First, Andrea, Matt, and I talked about what the UEPC is doing and how they are using data. As they are using a lot of data generated in the offline world, we talked about the problems the UEPC encountered in the data collection process so far. This led us to the questions on how best to prepare the data collection process. After that, we covered how a typical project at the UEPC looks like, what the deliverable is and what typically is researched on. In the end, we talked about using data when planning a curriculum and privacy in the field of education.

Timestamps

[00:54] – Introduction to UEPC

[01:44] – What kind of data does the UEPC use?

[05:32] – Methods used for data collection

[06:35] – Problems with data collection

[13:04] – Description of Preparation for Data Collection

[17:42] – How does a classical project at the UEPC look like?

[24:31] – How Privacy is handled at the UEPC

[09:07] – What is Andrea’s and Matt’s take on using Student Data for Curriculum creation?

[39:18] – What are some Tipps for Collecting Data Offline?

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