University Szczecin welcomed all the Generation Data projects partners to Szczecin, Poland for the initial two-day meeting of the project. It was a highly productive meeting around a topic of very significant importance, not just in Poland but across Europe. Doctor Joanna Markiewicz from University Szczecin was the Chair for the meeting ensuring everyone stayed awake and the meeting progressed as per the Agenda.

Doctor Markiewicz went on to explain that If the economy is to flourish, our future entrepreneurs must develop data skills or risk being uncompetitive. But there is an obstacle: today’s entrepreneurship teachers and lecturers also face a data skills deficit. The majority entered the workforce before big data existed and there is currently no reliable source of training to help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to teach smart data to today’s generation of students and future entrepreneurs.

She highlighted that to remedy this situation, Generation Data aims to improve the ability of HEI education providers to understand and teach smart data skills, thus providing Students, early stage entrepreneurs and businesses with more relevant, effective training.

The project will respond to these needs by pursuing the following objectives:

  • carry out a survey of current smart data skills in education as part of our toolkit
  • create a smart data skills teaching model, comprising OERs including a curriculum, teachers guide, lesson plans & suggested content and learning exercises
  • train the1st generation of Generation Data Teachers and Lecturers (learning activity) and widely disseminate the OERs to encourage rapid integration of the teaching course into current entrepreneurship and business support provision
  • develop an online Generation Data course to maximise access to the new training and reinforce classroom delivery