Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization (Online and In-Person)

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
University of Maryland - HSHSL
601 W Lombard St
Baltimore MD , 21201
United States
Tony Nguyen is the primary contact.
Phone: 410-706-2855
Fax: 410-706-0099
Resource URL:
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Description: This class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications. Students will complete assigned exercises that they will share with their class peers.

Experience Level: Intermediate
CE Contact Hours: 4 in-person/5 online
Professional Competencies: Leadership and Management, Health Sciences Information Services, Health Sciences Resource Management, Information Systems and Technology, Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Consumer Health, Electronic Resources, Management, Outreach/Advocacy, Publishing, Reference Resources & Services, Teaching/Instruction
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Hands-on, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: The class is designed to increase participant’s knowledge of concepts of using visual representations of data, increase in knowledge of a variety of effective data visualization tools, and increase in knowledge of a student selected data visualization tool/application. Participants will be able to: 1. Increase their knowledge of using visual representations of data and various data visualization tools. 2. Design a data visualization with a data set on a selected tool. 3. Discuss peer submitted data visualizations to enhance understanding of the data presented.


1.5 hours on content learning. 
3 hours of in-depth learning on student selected tool/application and preparing their class assignment. 
0.5 hours on peer critique.

1.5 hours on content learning.
1.5 hours of in-depth learning on student selected tool/application and preparing their class assignment.
1 hour of peer presentation and critique of participant developed data visualizations. 

Need for This Course: Being able to effectively communicate with the people you serve is a critical and everlasting need. What DOES change are the methodologies and tools we use to do so. This course identifies current communication methods that have proven to be effective in engaging users, presenting data in a meaningful/understandable way, and delivering effective professional presentations.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, Dialog, Sharing/Self-disclosure, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: Handouts for the course will be available for download.

Facility Requirements: Be able to share completed project with other classmates. This means adding a link, document, or other media forms to the class management system. Access to an email account. Access Internet resources such as: videos, Web2.0 technologies, social media sites/technologies, Microsoft Office or equivalent software. If offered on-site, facility must be in a computer lab with internet connectivity and a computer connected to a projector.

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