About to teach Statistical Graphics and Visualization course at CMU I’m pretty excited for tomorrow: I’ll begin teaching the Fall 2015 offering of 36-721, Statistical Graphics and Visualization. This is a half-semester course designed primarily for students in our MSP program (Masters in Statistical Practice). A large part of the focus will be on useful principles and frameworks: human visual perception, the Grammar of Graphics, graphic design and interaction design, and more current dataviz research. As for tools, besides base R and ggplot2, I’ll introduce a bit of Tableau, D3.js, and Inkscape/Illustrator. For assessments, I’m trying a variant of “specs grading”, with a heavy use of rubrics, hoping to make my expectations clear and my TA’s grading easier. Classifier diagnostics from Cook & Swayne’s book
Interactive The World of Seven Billion The map shows population density; the brightest points are the highest densities. Each country is colored according to its average annual gross national income per capita, using categories established by the World Bank (see key below). Some nations— like economic powerhouses China and India—have an especially wide range of incomes. But as the two most populous countries, both are lower middle class when income is averaged per capita. Dr. Lynell Burmark Archives - Soffront Blog Unless you’ve been completely unplugged from all technology for years, you’ll know that visual content/communication and storytelling are incredibly important. I was going to say unless you’ve lived in the Stone Age, but communication there was purely visual! Think about all the carvings on rocks. Think about ancient Egypt and all the hieroglyphics. Not only is that visual content, but it also tells a story. As you can see images, signs, hieroglyphics, and other visual content has always been a big part of who we are as people.
Visual Literacy INTRODUCTION Every day, we see and are exposed to hundreds perhaps thousands of images that pass through our radar screens. Unfortunately, not many of us know how to "read images." Many of our students don't question media: they believe everything they see--including digitally altered images seen in the media. One of the ways to teach critical thinking and "media literacy" is to start with the still image. Because of the Internet, it is easier than ever to access these images. Here are some recommended sites:
Statistical Graphics and Visualization course materials I’ve just finished teaching the Fall 2015 session of 36-721, Statistical Graphics and Visualization. Again, it is a half-semester course designed primarily for students in the MSP program (Masters of Statistical Practice) in the CMU statistics department. I’m pleased that we also had a large number of students from other departments taking this as an elective. For software we used mostly R (base graphics, ggplot2, and Shiny). Creating An Online Learning Environment That Fosters Information Literacy, Autonomous Learning and Leadership: The Hawaii Online Generational Community-Classroom The Hawaii Online Generational Community-Classroom Dr. Leon James Professor of Psychology College of Social Sciences University of Hawaii (Manoa) 1997 Note: This is my online conference paper presented at the Second Annual Conference on Teaching in the Community College (Electronic) Journal (TCC-J), Trends and Issues in Online Instruction, Spring 1997 issue published here but that version does not contain all the Tables and Appendices that are available here.
Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent of the population is visual learners, images are clearly key to engaging people in eLearning courses. Moving and still images have been included in learning materials for decades, but only now has faster broadband, cellular networks, and high-resolution screens made it possible for high-quality images to be a part of eLearning visual design. Graphic interfaces made up of photos, illustrations, charts, maps, diagrams, and videos are gradually replacing text-based courses. In this post, we will dig deep into some statistics and facts to further convince of why eLearning developers should embrace visuals when creating their courses.
The Creative License: New Visual Literacy Handout I and my students may live in Iowa, but we are connected to the world! This is why I feel so strongly that Visual Literacy is one of the most important things that we, as Art teachers, can teach. As I’ve talked about before, my school has done Smart Goals for a long time and recently I’ve been focusing on Visual Literacy with my high school students. I reworked my Visual Literacy critique this year to make it look “friendlier” and less "worksheety" (if that makes any sense!) This year, I also introduced the idea of Visual Literacy with this excellent video from the Toledo Museum of Art
Tapestry 2016 materials: LOs and Rubrics for teaching Statistical Graphics and Visualization Here are the poster and handout I’ll be presenting tomorrow at the 2016 Tapestry Conference. My poster covers the Learning Objectives that I used to design my dataviz course last fall, along with the grading approach and rubric categories that I used for assessment. The Learning Objectives were a bit unusual for a Statistics department course, emphasizing some topics we teach too rarely (like graphic design). The “specs grading” approach seemed to be a success, both for student motivation and for the quality of their final projects.
Managing an Online Generational Learning Community by Leon James Dr. Leon James Professor of Psychology University of Hawaii (Manoa) (c)1997 Note: This is a guest lecture presentation to the information science students of Dr. Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy “Literacy” usually means the ability to read and write, but it can also refer to the ability to “read” kinds of signs other than words — for example, images or gestures. The proliferation of images in our culture — in newspapers and magazines, in advertising, on television, and on the Web — makes visual literacy , the ability to “read” images, a vital skill.
Visual Literacy & Playful Learning - SciencePIX Educational System Visual literacy is the ability to interpret and construct meaning from visual images. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be interpreted through the process of reading images. The capacities to both “read” and “write” images are fundamental to scientific and technological literacy for students at all levels of instruction.