Mapping Pedagogical Practices


The response from educators to data literacy keeps on growing. However, the topic might be challenging for those just starting or interested for the very first time in designing and teaching to promote data literacy. In fact, data literacy entails a number of technical, aesthetical and critical abilities, needed when you both read and produce text/stories using data. In this page you will find both practices as well as a number of research projects that aim at supporting pedagogical practices.

In this page, we are collecting information relating ongoing projects where you can find interesting examples of practice.

Do you want to have your say? You are welcome!

We attempt to collect progressive contributions and map ideas, practices and institutional strategies that foster data literacy in all lifelong learning spaces.

The Data Literacy Map questionnaire is a very simple form, open to anyone, which results can be seen on request.

The form is organized in two parts:

  1. One question on the geographical location (to map the contribution)
  2. Type of contribution to the map of data literacy, namely:
  • Contribution with a term/concept connected to data literacy
  • Contribution with an experience of your own on data literacy
  • Contribution with examples of data literacy activities/practice (from other colleagues/institutions)
  • Contribution with resources supporting data literacy

There is a version in Spanish

There is also a version in Italian (thanks to MED, the Italian Association in Media Education)

Survey on Data Practices

Topjur01, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Our BFairData study conducted in Higher Education to understand data practices connected to teaching and learning. The study is the beginning of an exploration aimed at promoting faculty development and professional learning around data practices in teaching and learning, including the evaluation of quality; data usage to inform teaching, learning and assessment; data as educational resource; data to empower learners and promote future critical (data) literacies.

UOC – EDUL@B

Key words: data practices, data cultures, critical data literacy, Higher Education, teaching, learning.

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Data Therapy

Data Therapy Blog

A project to promote civic data literacy, empowering people in the society to learn about data materialities and structures.

MIT Media Lab

Key words: civic engagement, data literacy, data cultures, informal learning, lifelong learning.

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Dear Data

Data Pop Alliance blog

The presentation of books that offers a method to deconstruct the materialities of data, namely, to explore and build creative data visualizations.

Dear Data Project by Giorgia Lupi & Stephanie Posavec

Key words: art, data visualization, informal learning, lifelong learning.

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The UWinToolParade

The Open Page project website

A project from educators to educators, which aims at exploring commonly digital tools adopted in education. Amongst the many affordances, the videos explore data usages and the ToMs, Terms of Service nobody read and might affect data privacy and agency.

The Open Page, University of Windsor

Key words: educational technologies, terms of service, teachers’ education.

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The Open Box

Data Therapy Blog

A project to media and data literacy at schools in the Italian context.

Data Ninja

Key words: school, teachers’ professional development, data literacy, media education.

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Data Pop Alliance

Data Pop Alliance blog

A collaborative laboratory which brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to collaborate on three pillars of work: diagnosing local realities and human problems with data and AI; mobilizing capacities, communities, and ideas towards more data literate societies, and transforming the systems and processes that underpin our societies and countries.

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Connection Science, and Overseas Development Institute.

Key words: research, activism, capacity building, professional learning, lifelong learning, Big Data, AI, open data.

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Data Feminism Lab

A detail from Caterine D’Ignazio’s Blog about her book

The Data + Feminism Lab uses data and computational methods to work towards gender and racial equity, particularly as they relate to space and place. The work is based on the intersectional approach outlined in Data Feminism (D’Ignazio & Klein, MIT Press, 2020).

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Key words: gender equity, racial equity, intersectional approach, feminism, participatory design.

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Smart Data Schools

Data Smart Schools Website

An Australian project to enhance smart data usage at schools. The results include insights into the technical, informatic, organisational and social issues surrounding the (re)use of digital data in schools–then develop models of digital data ‘best practice’, leading to improved student outcomes, stronger teacher and parent engagement and better use of technical infrastructure investment.

Faculty of Education and Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University; Faculty of Education, Deakin University

Key words: students’ data, school, parent engagement, technical infrastructures.

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Data Justice Lab

Data Justice Lab Website

A Lab which activity is aimed at examining relationships between datafication and social justice. The interdisciplinary research works attempts to highlight the politics and impacts of data-driven processes and big data. The lab is hosted.

Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

Key words: research, activism, capacity building, professional learning, lifelong learning, Big Data, AI, social justice.

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Data Society

Data Society Web site

A research theme as research coordinated action, which is concerned with innovative interdisciplinary studies of data-processing technologies and data-intensive socio-technical systems, with a particular focus on developing educational perspectives that can enhance the technical, sociological, political, and ethical understanding of the contemporary ‘data society’.

Digital Centre for Research in Digital Education – University of Edinburgh

Key words: research, data citizenship, civic education, lifelong learning.

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SHEILA project

The SHEILA project – Visual Concept

A closed project (2016-19), aiming at assisting European universities to become more mature users and custodians of digital data about their students as they learn online. It offers a set of tools, like a a policy development framework for HigherEd institutions.

EU Consortium led by the University of Edinburgh

Key words: students’ data, learning analytics, educational data literacy, higher education, institutional policies & strategies.

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Responsible Use of Students Data in HE

Responsible Use of Students Data in HE – Project Website

An institutional project reflecting on responsible use of data in educational environments. The project discusses the commitments of students’ data usage: to honor the integrity, discretion, and humanity of students; also obliging instructors and organizations to improve practice in light of accumulating information and knowledge.

University of Stanford, Ithaka S+R

Key words: students’ data, higher education, institutional policies & strategies.

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Youth Data Literacy

Project “Exploring Data Worlds at the Public Library” website

The “Exploring Data Worlds at the Public Library” project aims to increase awareness of the unique data literacy needs of youth as well as to develop strategies for training youth librarians so they can empower young people in our data-driven world.

Pratt Institute, Texas Austin University, London School of Economics and Political Science

Key words: youth, informal learning, libraries.

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Digital Data & Society Consortium

Digital Data & Society Consortium Website

A group of researchers who take a social, cultural, political and ethical perspective on digital data, both ‘small’ or personal data and large or ‘big data’ sets. The project brings together expertise across the social sciences, humanities and legal studies to engage in critical data studies. 

Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney; Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney

Key words: research, society, lifelong learning, professional learning.

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Big Data from the South

Big Data Sur – The Blog

Embedded in the Datactive project which studies the forms of activism in the society relating data practices, The Big Data from the South Initiative is a space for theoretical and empirical exchange on the challenges of datafication and massive data collection as they unfold in the plurality of South(s) inhabiting our increasingly complex world.

University of Amsterdam

Key words: data activism, informal learning.

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Data Ethics

Project Data Ethics website

A project exploring how to be more trustworthy when using data. The project support reflection to demystify questions around data ethics. It also introduces some practical tools and learning resources to help individuals and organisations make more ethical decisions.

The Open Data Institute

Key words: Open Data, data ethics, professional learning, lifelong learning.

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A Scuola di Open Coesione

ASOC Website

A Scuola di OpenCoesione (ASOC) is an innovative educational path aimed at promoting and developing principles of active and conscious citizenship in Italian schools, through research and civic monitoring of European and national public funding. 

Italian Ministry of Education and Italian representation at the European Commission.

Key words: school, open data, civic education, statistical literacy, data journalism, civic monitoring.

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Barcelona Repte Dades Obertes

Repte BCN Dades Obertes website

The Barcelona Open Data Challenge was born as a competition for schools. It is aimed primarily at 3rd. 4th year of ESO (higher secondary school) students, who are engaged in training cycles, supervised by teachers and hence taken to analyse data to promote creative projects.

City of Barcelona, Open Data Unit

Key words: data activism, school education, open data.

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