UTS Library

Data literacies for teaching

The Library assists UTS staff looking to incorporate data into their teaching in 4 main ways: 

Finding 

There are many resources out there containing data that is easily manipulable and communicable with common desktop applications like Excel. In addition to the small sample below, which should provide you with a solid start on human data (populations, demographics, economics etc) there's also a longer list of resources available via our find databases page.  

ABS - The Australian Bureau of Statistics website

World Bank Open Data - Free statistics on global development

Statista - Library subscription database containing graphs and tabular data. Especially useful for technological data and usage statistics.

 

 

 

 IbisWorld - Reports assessing various Australian industries, including their market size, main players, SWOT analyses, etc. 

Please contact your faculty librarian if you would like assistance in tracking down any other kind of data.  

Creating  

The library also collects and lends out devices that can create data via observing and measuring input from the outside world. These devices include: 

Sphero - a programmable robot with in built sensors that can record movement data 

Science Journal - a phone app that allows you to measure light, sound, acceleration, air pressure and more using your phone's built-in sensors.  

Pocket Lab - a tool that plugs into your phone computer or tablet that measures temperature, humidity, movement, light and more. This will soon be available as a borrowable item in the library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there are other data collection products you think the Library should be taking an interest in please contact the author of this study guide, david.litting@uts.edu.au

Manipulating

The library supports the use of Excel for teaching. If you’d like some class content developed for your students to do with importing, cleaning, sorting and analysing data in Excel please contact your faculty librarian 

There are also some excellent Excel resources for student initiated instruction available in Lynda.com 

Communicating

The library also supports the use of Tableau Public for teaching. Tableau Public converts data (including Excel tabular data) into a range of graphs, charts and maps that can be then used to communicate information derived from data analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to incorporate Tableau content in to your teaching please contact your faculty librarian.