Million Syllabi Hackathon Workshop

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Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Location: MITH, 0301 Hornbake Library, Inside Non-Print Media Services
  • Hosted by: Dave Lester, University of California, Berkeley


The Million Syllabi Project Hackathon will explore new ways of using the million syllabi dataset gathered by Dan Cohen’s Syllabus Finder tool from 2002 to 2009. Join a group of hackers exploring teaching, pedagogy, and the syllabus. The hackathon will be largely participant-driven, but ibe accessible to participants of all skill levels (both technical and not).

Hackathon Outline

  • Presentation of syllabi corpus
  • Demonstration of Overview Project
  • Break into small groups, and hack!

Brainstorming Questions and Projects to Hack

  • What's the most-popular citation in the syllabus corpus?
  • What institutions are represented?
  • What are the similarities and differences of these online syllabi? (Discipline, structure, design)
  • How useful is Overview for analyzing syllabi? Are there better visualization and text mining tools?
  • Can we seed the corpus with the fulltext of syllabi that are missing?

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