The University of Missouri-Kansas City, in partnership with Eastern Michigan University, Essex County College, and University of Florida, proposes the Open Collaborative Experiential Learning (OCEL.AI) project, an Open Knowledge Network (OKN), that supports postsecondary instructors who teach underserved populations Computer Science (CS)+Journalism and Strategic Communication within their existing institutional structure. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), and specifically deep learning (DL) have improved the state-of-the-art results of the data-driven approaches and tools in a wide range of domains. To build the future talent ecosystem, there is an urgent need to create a qualified data science workforce that can perform critical functions in a variety of domains and aspects of human society, such as journalism, health communication, and advertising. To address this need, the intelligent cloud-based collaborative tool will provide to the AI and data-driven research and education communities what GitHub and code repositories provide to the software engineering and open-source communities. In this OKN, minority students will feel empowered and motivated to study data science since they can share, reuse, reproduce, deploy, discuss, learn, and apply data and AI models in real time. It is expected that students taking these CS+Journalism and Strategic Communication courses will see increased interest, self-efficacy, and motivation in studying data science among both CS majors and non-majors – in particular among black, female, and Hispanic students.
Course: Big Data Analytics