• course goal: "to empower you to design insightful visualizations"
New adventures in learning are coming at Indiana University. SLIS faculty member Katy Börner will launch one of IU’s first MOOC (massive open online course) in January 2013. The course builds on Dr. Börner's years of experience with information visualization. In a video describing the course (see link below), Börner emphasizes her interest in "the design of easy to use tools that improve daily decision making." She believes that "visualizations should provide insight, and not just be eye candy." A goal of the course will be to "empower a large audience to design insightful visualizations."
This course will provide an overview about the state of the art in information visualization. It will teach the process of producing effective visualizations that take the needs of users into account.
About the Instructors:
Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University where she directs the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center. Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management.
Ted Polley is a Research Assistant at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center. He is interested in how emerging technologies and instruction can be used in library settings to improve information literacy and enrich the lives of both students and the general public.
Scott B. Weingart is a Ph.D. student studying information science and history of science at Indiana University. Scott is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a Paul Fortier Prize Winner for the Digital Humanities, and the author of the scottbot irregular, a blog covering computational methods and tools for humanists. Scott also aids in the development of software for data analysis and modeling at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.
MOOC implementation using Google’s open source Course Builder platform was supported by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) at IU.
At this time, the MOOC will be available in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
See Related Indiana University Press Release
• IU to offer free Information Visualization MOOC designed to illustrate data
Posted January 09, 2013