Foundations in Data Visualization Overview

Foundations in Data Visualization Course Description

Presenting data effectively is key to communicating results. The good news is that being a data visualization whiz is easier than you think. By following a few basic tenants of good design, you too can make your data come to life. Join us for this two-module course to learn how to choose the right chart and then use elements including color, type, text, and more to make your data easier to understand. Participants will have the opportunity to put their learning into action and will emerge from this course with the confidence and skills to take their reports and presentations to the next level.

This course is delivered in two virtual, instructor-led modules. Classes will take place online via Adobe Connect or Zoom. Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of the course to all participants who have successfully completed the modules. Read more about each of the modules below.

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Module 1: Understanding the Basics

In module one, participants will cover best practices in data visualization. They will explore examples of good and bad visualizations and learn the keys to success, including identifying your audience, articulating your purpose, choosing the right format, and polishing your design using best practices related to color, text, graphics, and layout.

 Module 2: Building Better Charts and Graphs

In module two, participants will get hands-on practice in building better charts and graphs. Participants will begin with an interactive exercise on the basics of good design. Then through a series of small group and individual exercises, participants will put their learning into practice. Participants are encouraged to use a laptop loaded with Excel and to bring a data set they wish to visualize. Those who do not have Excel or a data set handy will be able to practice good design by sketching with paper and pen.

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