The Big Picture: Telling Stories Through Data Visualization
Complex data is all around us—online, in the news, and in business. Analyzing data, spotting patterns, and extracting useful information have all become gateway skills to full participation in the workforce and civic engagement of the 21st century. This course teaches you to harness the power of big data and to transform it from meaningless numbers into detailed stories through data visualization, including graphs and infographics. Explore ways to share data findings, quickly communicate key themes, and ultimately give greater impact to your research papers and presentations. Gain an understanding of how analytics and data visualization open the doors to exciting new career opportunities in engineering, medicine, finance, business, the arts, and other fields, as big data in the cloud or in massive data warehouses touches every aspect of our lives every day.
Along with your classmates, investigate the ways in which data and the use of visualization software can assist in communicating complex information. Engage with guest speakers from the data science field as you become familiar with the concepts of data visualization. By the completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate how the stories extracted from big data can be told using various techniques—from 1D linear to temporal and network visualization.
You'll Walk Away with
- The skills to use software to produce data visualizations and to assist in communicating complex information
- Knowledge of how stories can be extracted from big data and told through 1D linear, temporal, and network visualization techniques
- High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
- High school students who are interested in a career in data visualization, analytics, engineering, and business