The challenge I am seeing is that the focus is all about the technology and not about the human side of it. Maybe there is a reason to have an IoT toaster, but I do not know what it is or what value it could bring to my life. In universities, courses teaching technology typically make it all about the technology, and not enough, if anything, about the human side of it and how to actually consume it, use it, and get value from it. Take data for example. If you search for courses related to data, you will find courses on predictive software like R or Python or on many business intelligence and analytics tools to support the analysis of data. Very rarely, if ever, do you see courses on how to properly consume data and get value from it.
Our resident Head of Data Literacy, Jordan Morrow, recently presented on ‘The Rise of Data Literacy’ at the INFORMS conference. There were many professors who were intrigued by Data Literacy. They understand the skills gap that we face in the market today and wanted to further the skills of their students, making them job-ready. According to Jordan, “We need more focus on teaching ‘Digitally Literate’ individuals how to consume data. Helping them to succeed and compete in the coming economy.”
At Qlik, we understand the importance of not only focusing on technology literacy, but also marrying that with Data Literacy. The Qlik Academic Program provides qualified university professors, students, and researchers with free software and training that includes not only training on the technology, like Big Data, Data Visualizations, and Data Modeling, but also on how students should consume it, use it, and get insights and value from these technologies. This is a critical piece of the puzzle to solving the Data Literacy gap and we are addressing this at the source with our students. To learn more about the Qlik Academic Program, click here