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DiSC Education and Training

DiSC remains available for virtual training and consultation in group or one-on-one settings upon request. Please contact disc@vanderbilt.edu for additional information.

We will be offering the following synchronous lessons virtually via Zoom during Spring 2021. At the bottom of the page, you will also find links to our self-paced, asynchronous tutorials.

Digital Literacies Workshop Series

Both media and scholarly outputs are shared in increasingly open, diverse ways. Indeed, this increasing production and consumption of digital media, necessitates an understanding of the cultural logics of information sharing ecologies, an understanding of how and why digital outputs are created, and our own ethical responsibilities in sharing those outputs. Just as information literacy is critically important to student success, digital literacies are critically important for life-long learners, engaged citizens, and critical consumers of open scholarship.  For additional information and scheduling, please visit the Digital Literacies Workshop Website.

Research Productivity Workshop Series

To be productive, researchers must identify relevant research, sift through and organize it to suit their scholarly purposes, and present it effectively to others. Researchers are apt to get stuck at any of these steps. This workshop series aims to give attendees concise, engaging, and practical guidance for finding, understanding, applying, and sharing research. For additional information and scheduling, please visit: Research Productivity Workshop Website.

GIS Workshop Series

We will be holding two workshop series in February 2021. The first series will focus on ArcGIS and the second will focus on QGIS. No geographic information system (GIS) experience required. Attendees are encouraged to attend both days of each workshop, as content builds. Please contact Stacy Curry-Johnson for more details.

ESRI Basics: From ArcGIS Pro to ArcGIS Online
Feb 11th & 12th, 2-4 PM
Create and manipulated data in desktop and web-based GIS platforms

Introduction to QGIS
Feb 25th & 26th, 2-4 PM
Learn introductory GIS methods using raster and vector data in open-source GIS technology

Register at : https://tinyurl.com/springgis

*These workshops will be repeated in April.

Python Series

These lessons allow learners to develop programming skills as part of a group of learners working through the curriculum together, or on their own and at their own pace. They are designed to get you started using Python in Jupyter notebooks and teach the basics of the Python language.
 
Two identical cycles of beginner lessons will be offered during the spring semester:

First cycle: Wednesdays from 1-2 PM, February 3 - March 10
Second cycle: Thursdays from 1-2 PM, March 18 - April 22

For more information about all DiSC Python lessons including the schedule of sessions, visit the course website.

R Series

These lessons allow learners to develop programming skills as part of a group of learners working through the curriculum together, or on their own and at their own pace.
 
Two identical cycles of beginner lessons will be offered during the spring semester. They are designed to get you started using R through the popular RStudio interface. In addition to helping beginners set up the software, it will introduce the basic R data structures and will teach the basics of manipulating data, calculating basic statistics, and making simple plots.

First cycle: Thursdays from 1-2 PM, February 4 - March 11
Second cycle: Wednesdays from 1-2 PM, March 17 - April 21

Another series will cover data visualization in R using ggplot -- the most popular R package for visualizing data. In this intermediate lesson series, we will introduce the Grammar of Graphics philosophy that underpins ggplot, then learn to generate a variety of types of visualizations. Introductory-level experience with R is helpful, but not required for participation. Schedule TBD.

For more information about all DiSC R lessons including the schedule of sessions, visit the course website.

Digital Humanities Series

Schedule: Fridays 10:00 - 11:00 am via Zoom

Feb 5:  Humanities Data Formatting for Analysis
Introduction to formatting your data so it works with popular digital humanities tools and how to decide on the right metadata scheme for your digital archive or collection.

Feb 26: Data Visualization with Tableau
Introduction to uploading your data, understanding the chart and mapping options in Tableau Public, and data visualization best practices. You can download Tableau Public or see if you qualify for a free account to Tableau Desktop.

March 12: Network Analysis with GraphCommons
Learn how to apply network analysis to explore relationships and hidden clusters in your data using GraphCommons.

Modalities of Text Mining: Exploring British Periodicals at Scale Series

Schedule: Fridays 2:15-3:30, beginning Feb 05

How can you identify and explore patterns across millions of documents? These lessons will focus on state-of-the-art techniques for text mining at scale. Participants will join an ongoing research project to analyze constellations of information in Proquest's British Periodicals Collections. Contact: Dr.  Cliff Anderson

Self-Paced Learning

DiSC has prepared a list of digital resources and tutorials on our Github page on the following topics:

The Vanderbilt Libraries also provides access to O’Reilly for Higher Education, a multimedia collection of instruction and reference materials focused on computer programming, web development, audio-video editing tools, and gaming and AR/VR.