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Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization Online On Demand

Class Details

About the Class
This class is intended as a quick-start guide to creating effective data visualizations and is geared toward a general audience with no prior experience creating visualizations. We will use Tableau Public, a popular free tool, to visualize data. This is an online, asynchronous class, offered via Moodle, the NNLM's learning management system.

Details and Requirements
Modules will be self-paced, but to receive credit, all components must be submitted within 60 days. For this class you will need to have access to the internet and a laptop or desktop computer. Additionally, we recommend the latest version of your preferred browser. You will also need the ability to access and/or download Microsoft Excel and Tableau Public (for which download instructions will be provided).

CE Credits
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to claim 5 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association.

Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

The amount of data around us are increasing at an incredible rate. Data Visualization enables us to quickly glean insights and patterns from data and communicate its key aspects intuitively, persuasively, and memorably. In this session, participants will discuss the fundamental principles of effective visual data communication as they critique and evaluate existing visualizations. They will also locate sources for downloadable data, and develop simple interactive visualizations using Tableau Public, a free and popular data visualization tool.  Students will complete assigned exercises that they will share with their class peers. Class participants are expected to spend 1.5 hours on content learning, 3 hours preparing their class assignments, and .5 hours on peer critique.


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Locate downloadable data sets and describe spreadsheet formatting requirements
  • Develop data visualizations using Tableau Public
  • Critique data visualizations using an evaluation model
  • Describe fundamental principles of visual design as they apply to existing visualizations

Course Materials - (Updated 7/2019)

Data Sources
Peer Evaluation
Tableau Public Guide

Continuing Education

Course Developer

Tony Nguyen, MLIS, AHIP, Executive Director, NNLM SEA
Kiri Burcat, MLIS, Data and Evaluation Coordinator, NNLM SEA