Fellow Detail

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Name Kasia Banas
Affiliation University of Edinburgh
Research area code (C8) Psychology
Fellowship Inauguration Year 2023
Institutional Website https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/kasia-banas
ORCID 0000-0002-2704-5087
GitHub edinkasia
Twitter edinkasia
LinkedIn kasia-banas-439aa01b/
  • Reproducible research in psychology
  • Teaching data science to non-programmers
  • Learning analytics
Short Biography

I am a psychologist by background, now working as a senior lecturer in data science for health and social care, which is primarily a teaching post. My team leads a Masters programme and short CPD courses for practitioners who want to develop data science skills to transform the health and care sector. We also teach data science to undergraduate students, primarily on programmes that don’t traditionally teach coding (e.g. medicine).

My own adventure with transparency and reproducibility in research started when my previous academic department was making a transition from teaching statistics in SPSS to R. It required a change in mindset, and positioned statistical analysis as part of a larger effort to improve research workflows. During that time, I learned R and embraced open science principles, spreading the enthusiasm to all my students.

My research is now focused mostly on teaching and learning, and I want to know how best to teach coding skills, especially to people who do not see themselves as coders. I use learning analytics and survey methodologies to find out how students learn, and how we can help them learn better.

Previous events

Title Start date End date
R-Ladies workshops Friday, 01 December 2023 Friday, 29 March 2024
R-Ladies Edinburgh May meeting Tuesday, 30 May 2023 Tuesday, 30 May 2023
R-Ladies Edinburgh April meeting Monday, 17 April 2023 Monday, 17 April 2023
R-Ladies Edinburgh April meeting - room booking charge Monday, 17 April 2023 Monday, 17 April 2023
R-Ladies Edinburgh re-launch meeting Thursday, 09 March 2023 Thursday, 09 March 2023

Blog Posts

Blog Publish date
Helping people from underrepresented groups enter the world of software Thursday, 11 January 2024
Attending the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science meeting in Padova Wednesday, 26 July 2023