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Using Data Driven Decision Making Reflection

Data Drive Reflection

Prior Experience with Data-Driven Decision Making

As a teacher, I have a ton of experience with data-driven decision making. At least once a week if not more, I use data I have collective via documentation notes and assessments given to the students to make a data-driven decisions on the material that needs to be further covered. I also use it to place students in the correct small groups so that I can work with students that are struggling with the same information all at once. This allows me to make sure all students are where they need to be academically.

Another experience I have had with data-driven decision making would be mean I was working as a museum attendant. In this job, I had many responsibilities. One of those being managing the gift shop and ordering new supplies. Using data-driven decisions was the best option for this. I was able to look back and use our data for the gift shop to see what items our most popular items were and make sure to order more of those. Then I would see what our least popular items were and try to find items that could replace those unpopular items.

Data-Driven Decisions in your Personal Life

Data-driven decisions can easily be used in your personal life. One way that I use it in my personal life is when making my monthly budget. I find it helpful to use data each month when working on my budget to use data from the month or two prior. I usually examine costs that are repeated and costs that were specific to that month to decide how to budget for the next month. By looking at data, I can examine expenses for something that I might not be using and plan to cancel that subscription to save money for the next months to come.

Unfortunately, this week I was non-renewed in my teaching position, I will be using data-driven decisions when I am applying for new jobs. I will be looking for jobs and deciding where to apply by looking at data provided by the school system or company I am applying for. This will allow me to not stress as much over making the correct decision because I can use data available to me to help.

Data-driven decisions are a huge part of instructional design. Most know it as the term need assessments. Needs assessments are made often in instructional design and used to allow the instructional design to be designed and evaluated and allows for a more meaningful learning experience. When working a project, the instructional designer can use data given to them to allow to make data-driven decisions to make the product need.

Decisions Made without Data

Again, this is something I have dealt with recently. The job that I accepted this year was one that I accepted because it was July, and it was one of the only offers I had. I needed the job and accepted it without thinking. Recently, I found out about data that had I know about the data, I would have used it in making my decision. Students had been steadily unrolling from this school for the last three years. Had I known this I would not have accepted the position simply because it would have let me know that the chance of them losing teaching units would be very high.

Concerns and Challenges for Future Data-Driven Decisions

As someone who is a worrier, I know that a challenge for me will be trusting the data to make the decision. I always second guess stuff so I can see myself saying, “But is the data even correct.” A concern I would have would be to make sure that all data available is being used. Data can sometimes slip through the cracks and that could change the final decision being made. Also, would be concerned that I might not know how to interpret the data to be able to use it for what I need to use. I know that it comes with practice and gaining confidence.



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