This course covers the subject of data visualization or bringing data to life for audiences. It approaches this subject by first exploring the different types of data stories, and then going over the charts and graphs that are most appropriate to each type of story. This is followed by an overview of general design principles that aim to make the chosen forms of visualizations more effective tools of communicating data. Finally, the course discusses principles of data visualization ethics as part of a general framework of data integrity.
What You Will Learn
Upon completion of this course, the learners are expected to:
- distinguish different types of data stories;
- select the most appropriate visualizations for each type of data story;
- utilize foundational design principles that make data visualizations more effective communication tools;
- adhere to ethical principles in data visualization; and
- craft the visuals of a data story deck.
You will need a computer or laptop with Microsoft Excel installed. Computer or laptop requirements are:
- For Windows: Core i3 or better, 4GB RAM or better, MS Excel 2007 or better
- For MacBook: ideally MS Excel 2013 or newer should be installed (some functions require this version on the Mac). If the version of MS Excel is 2011, download and install StatPlus.