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Faculty Development Workshop on Data Visualization in the Classroom
Tuesday, December 2, 12:45-2:20pm, NVC 14-267
From: Luke Waltzer, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
On December 2nd the Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a workshop during which we will explore free or low-cost options, tools, and techniques available to educators interested in teaching with data.
Reading and representing data is as relevant today in the humanities as in the sciences, and the quality and quantity of available data is rapidly expanding. This workshop will introduce some options to faculty interested in creatively integrating work with data into their courses. From the meta-tagging of archival texts for historians to the tracing of Twitter trends in sociology, we will explore how to harness the pedagogical value of these emerging resources. We’ll discuss trends in sourcing, preparing, and visualizing data, and offer suggestions and examples of how these skills can be introduced in the classroom across the disciplines. We will also examine the capacities of specific open-source visualization software that can be used by instructor and student alike. Faculty with all levels of knowledge and skill are encouraged to attend.
Topics to be discussed:
- Locating and accessing pre-existing reservoirs of data (e.g., census information).
- Integrating and organizing this data into open source software platforms.
- Manipulating this data into visually appealing representations.
- Using data visualization to explore patterns.
- Using visualized data as a tool for teaching complex subjects.
- Visualizing how concepts are connected.
- Modeling projections based on data.
Platforms and Data repositories to be discussed:
- NYC Open Data
RSVP to Craig Stone at Craig.Stone@baruch.cuny.edu
Luke Waltzer, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
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