Working with Data

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Course Description

Data literacy has become a much-needed skill in higher education. It is a skill that can be applied to understand a variety of problems practitioners face, from analyzing student engagement to course evaluations to overall institutional performance. This course introduces university staff and managers without prior data training to the basics of working with data in higher education.

The course is structured in two interconnected parts, enabling participants to either take the whole course and complete the individual project for credit - or to take just the first two days as a foundational, standalone workshop, without course credit. 

Accordingly, the first part consists of two introductory sessions providing an overview of  different uses of organizational data, data management and collection techniques, regulations, analytical tools and methods. The second part consists of three sessions delving into data visualization, interpretation, and management, as well as individual projects, with an opportunity for personalized feedback on working with data in participants' specific contexts.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to

  • Understand the types of data collected in higher education institutions and its purposes
  • Be aware of data protection (GDPR regulations, if applicable) requirements
  • Choose and use appropriate data collection and analysis methods for the selected purposes
  • Choose and use appropriate visualisation tools for the data to be presented
  • Understand basic issues linked to data organization and integrity

Course Information

This course is presented in partnership between the CEU Yehuda Elkana Center and the CEU Institutional Research Office. It is addressed to staff and faculty with managerial and leadership responsibilities at OSUN institutions as part of the OSUN Professional Development Program for University Administrators.

Instructor: Dr. Pușa Năstase, Agnes Benedek, and Anna Galacz

Dates: February 1, 2024; February 8, 2024; March 7, 2024; March 14, 2024; April 11, 2024

Times: 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Vienna time (Central European Time)

Format: Online

Additional Information: For a full list of tentative sessions and topics, please see the draft syllabus

How to Apply

Applications are accepted via this form.

For queries and more information, please reach out to: Dr. Pusa Nastase, Lead of the OSUN Professional Development Program for University Administrators at the Yehuda Elkana Center for Teaching, Learning, and Higher Education Research-