***2016 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia***
The first course I ever taught in the Department of MIS was Data Management.
In this class, students develop a basic understanding of information management in organizations and specifically the design and use of database systems. Topics include data modeling, relational databases, SQL, and R programming. The course is divided into two sections: (1) data modeling, SQL, and database design; (2) data wrangling and visualization in R, and exploratory. The most recent syllabus for the class is here.
The other course I taught at the University of Georgia was Business Intelligence.
Here, students learn the skills necessary to conceptualize, build, and implement systems utilizing BI in organizations. Topics include big data, executive information systems, dashboards and scorecards, R programming, machine learning, text mining, and MapReduce. The class is divided into two sections: (1) descriptive and (2) predictive analytics. My syllabus for BI is located here.
For sample teaching material please see here.
***For both courses, I was responsible for the entire portion of the classes, including developing and scheduling lectures, exams, assignments, and grading***
Fall 2015a (4.44/5.0)
Fall 2015b (4.30/5.0)
Summer 2015 (4.73/5.0)
Summer 2017 (TBA)
"This is the most relevant class I have taken all of college" - Anonymous Student
"The course as a whole was great. I came in with no experience with SQL or R, and I was really nervous about this course. But the course was set up so well, that it was easy to keep up with it. I can't think of anything that needs to be improved" - Anonymous Student
"This was one of my favorite professors at UGA. SQL was a lot of fun because the instructor taught it in a way that it made sense." - Anonymous Student
"Carolina taught the technical class in a non-technical way! I REALLY appreciated this. The MIS department should really hire more people like her. I've had professors in the past who already came from a technical background and failed to actually teach the course effectively to students without prior "technical" skills" - Anonymous Student
"Carolina is an excellent teacher. She is super sweet, intelligent, helpful, and very enthusiastic about the material. I like that she was always relating the things that we did in class to the real world. This is something that I wish more teachers did. I also liked that she gave helpful and timely feedback on every single thing that we turned in. PROPS, CAROLINA. I bet that took a lot of time. Before this class, I had no idea what SQL or R was, and I am sure I was not the only person in that position. GREAT JOB CAROLINA. YOU ARE AN AWESOME TEACHER!" - Anonymous Student
"The reason I received all my offers was because of this class. The course taught me the fundamentals of BI and it allowed me to get my hands dirty on REAL INDUSTRY software" - Anonymous Student
"I thought this was an outstanding course. Ms. Salge is a wonderful teacher who is able to reach her students in a clear and confident manner. I was very happy with the variety and content of the course and the ability to taste various components of BI from visualization, text mining, group projects, etc" - Anonymous Student
"I believe that this course is very much needed at this point in time. Many of us students are about to enter into companies that are or are hoping to work with big data and this course does a good job of teaching the use of data aka business intelligence" - Anonymous Student
"She is an amazing instructor! I honestly wish she taught most (if not all) of the courses required in the MIST curriculum. I have learned more than I could have possibly imagined in this class and I wish I felt that way about the other courses. You guys as a department need to find more professors like her and attempt to structure the rest of the courses similarly to the way she handled MIST 5620. This was a challenging and insightful course! It's a shame that she doesn't teach other electives" - Anonymous Student
"Carolina Salge was by far the best teacher I have had in my 4 years at the University of Georgia. She inspired her students and she did a great job conveying the importance of this course and its learning materials. Also she spent time after class to talk to me and help me with my career aspirations" - Anonymous Student
Students are often misinformed or even frightened about technical courses in information systems (IS). Before class, you hear the murmurs: "No fun." "Boring." "I'm not going to be a programmer – I don’t need this course." "I'm scared I'll never get this and I'll ruin my GPA." As a former student-athlete, I thought many of the same things about practice and drills – the technical aspects of my sport. However, it was the passion, knowledge and caring of my coaches that fired my imagination and honed my work ethic. It is this legacy that informs my teaching and research and drives me to engage students to overcome their misconceptions about technical subjects and classes.
My primary goal as a teacher is to reveal SQL and R Programming as exciting endeavors both relevant and fun. Furthermore, I help students to see how coding is important to their professional careers and can sharpen their logical thinking, improving their problem solving abilities. Accordingly, the overarching objectives for my students are that they develop a basic understanding of information management in organizations, specifically the design and use of relational database systems, that they feel motivated to continue with their technical exploration, and that they recognize that presenting well in a public environment influences how much their audience will absorb the knowledge that they communicate. Additionally, I teach with the intention that students should be able to reconcile their technical skills with information problems faced by organizations.
Students should understand the organizational issues involved in data management
My first objective is to influence students to be well-rounded citizens when it comes to business knowledge. Without a general understanding of the process to which data are created, stored, and analyzed, students are ill prepared to solve problems at the organizational level. In my class, I promote business literacy by exemplifying general concepts with up to date and specific examples that students can relate to, motivating in-class discussions, and developing group projects in which students gain first-hand experience with methodologies and concepts used by data managers. The different approaches allow me to vary the pace of the class, attend to a variety of learning styles, and as a result, stimulate student interest.
Students should be able to build and use a relational database
No student should complete a course in Data Management without developing an understanding of these core concepts. To accomplish this, I spend effort in presenting the material in a clear and engaging manner, expecting students to extrapolate their knowledge to solve problems using the core foundations taught in class. MIS students should understand that no technical skill exists in a vacuum; relating technical concepts to business actually aids in solving organizational problems.
Students should be inspired and retain what they have learned to possibly continue with their technical exploration
My next objective is embedded in my belief that coding interest is significant to enjoying a successful career in IS. I therefore expect students to be engaged in the course material and to spend significant time in their group projects. Data Management is inherently an interesting sub-field in information systems and I find that enthusiasm when combined with preparation, from my part, can inspire students to show interest and commitment to the class. When students participate in a class that they truly enjoy they are more likely to retain the knowledge that they gain.
Students should develop professional presentation skills which can help them communicate their newly gained knowledge and enthusiasm in my class and beyond
Any student will struggle if they are not able to effectively communicate their knowledge in a business environment. The ability to publicly present a topic is particularly important for consultants. To accommodate this need, I require my students to present on a Data Management or Business Intelligence technology as a group, with a particular concentration on open source products. The goal is for students to explain what the technology is, how it has been used by stakeholders which should include its pros and cons, and to discuss the future of the technology.