Jargon Busting

Overview

Teaching: 15 min
Exercises: 30 min
Questions
  • What terms, phrases, or ideas around code or software development have you come across and perhaps feel you should know better?

Objectives
  • Explain terms, phrases, and concepts associated with software development in libraries

  • Compare knowledge of these terms, phrases, and concepts

  • Differentiate between these terms, phrases, and concepts

Jargon Busting

This exercise is an opportunity to begin to ask questions and to get a firmer grasp on the concepts around data, code or software development in libraries.

  1. Pair with a neighbor and decide who will take notes.
  2. Talk for 3 minutes (your instructor will be timing you!) on any terms, phrases, or ideas around code or software development in libraries that you’ve come across and perhaps feel you should know better.
  3. Next, get into groups of 4-6.
  4. Make a list of all the problematic terms, phrases, and ideas each pair came up with. Retain duplicates.
  5. Identify common words as a starting point - spend 10 minutes working together to try to explain what the terms, phrases, or ideas on your list mean. Note: use both each other and the internet as a resource.
  6. Identify the terms your groups resolves as well as those you are still struggling with.
  7. Each group then reports back on one issue resolved by their group and one issue not resolved by their group.
  8. The instructor will collate these on a whiteboard and facilitate a discussion about what we will cover today and where you can go for help on those things we won’t cover. Any jargon or terms that will not be covered specifically are good notes.

Key Points

  • It helps to share what you know and don’t know about software development and data science jargon