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Suggestion: less changing of data files? #802
I taught this lesson yesterday and we spent a lot of time changing data from episode to episode:
I understand that there is value in
but I think this might underestimate the cognitive load of maintaining an understanding what types of data are in each file - what was the experiment conducted. I spent a lot of time reintroducing data sets rather than functions.
Maybe each episode could pick a single dataset to focus on? That way we do change directories and work with different types of data, but also have the opportunity to focus on the functions within episodes.
I taught part of the same lesson and whole-heartedly agree with @diyadas 's comments.
In addition to her thoughts, I find the organization of the directory a bit ridiculous in a workshop in which we're teaching good practices. The main directory contains
My prefered organization would be to have a structure more like:
Perhaps other projects could be added to capture the types of data used by other disciplines. I feel like the foregoing is a defensible organization. There could even be a brief section were we reorganize Nelle's files so they're better organized.
Also note that
I feel as though this lesson lesson's overarching story got diluted as we moved through the episodes.
As someone who has a more improvisational pedagogical style, this was particularly challenging for me. The current organization does not lend itself to anything other than rote following of the written lesson plan. Having a clearer progression through the directories/files would allow me put more of my attention into teaching and less into trying to figure out where we're going next.