Knowledge Market offers students new data inquiry services

Gerald Shoultz, associate professor of statistics, acts as one of the faculty associates available at the DIL to help students.
Gerald Shoultz, associate professor of statistics, acts as one of the faculty associates available at the DIL to help students.

A new resource to help students develop practical data gathering and analysis skills is now available in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons’ Knowledge Market.

The Data Inquiry Lab (DIL) offers workshops, in-classroom demonstrations, one-on-one consultations and many online resources to students. During the academic year, students can schedule appointments or drop-in to the DIL to meet with faculty associates or student consultants to ask questions and discuss projects.

“Students live in a sea of data and learning to make sense of it all is an essential liberal arts skill,” said Whitt Kilburn, associate professor of political science. “Our approach in the DIL is to provide encouragement, advice and tools for students to ultimately complete the work on their own.”

The DIL is a partnership between the Political Science Department, Statistics Department, Office of the Provost, University Libraries, and Pew Center for Teaching and Learning.

For more information, contact Kilburn at (616) 331-8831, Gerald Shoultz, associate professor of statistics, at (616) 331-8689, or visit the DIL website.