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In this course you will explore the question of what visualization is, and why you should use visualizations for quantitative data. In doing so, you will address theoretical concepts and examine case studies that show the importance of effective visualizations in real world settings.

Data Visualization Theory & Practice

INST 7870

Professor Brett Shelton, Ph.D.

Instructional Technology
Utah State University

Course Structure: One 2.5-hour class per week

Prerequisites: None

Image courtesy of Ryan Harris

Course Description

In this course you will explore the question of what visualization is, and why you should use visualizations for quantitative data. In doing so, you will address theoretical concepts and examine case studies that show the importance of effective visualizations in real world settings.

You will also look at how to interpret meanings in visualizations. Elements of cognitive science theory are addressed, and you will practice techniques to help with your interpretations. An additional objective will center on how to create meaning with your own visualizations, then examine appropriate forms for representation and also review design considerations.

In the lab portion of the course the main objective is to expose you to a variety of common and different digital visualization software tools. You will also have an opportunity to become familiar with the different kinds of interfaces. Lab assignments will focus on providing practice using real-world data.

Technical Requirements

Although software availability may change slightly, lab assignments will utilize the following software:

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This course was created by faculty in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University . Contact us to find out more about our degree programs.

Course Contents

INST7870 - Lesson 8: Non-traditional visualizations for specialized applications , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 5: Illustrator – Advanced Graphical Features , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Course Project , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 2: Excel Introduction , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Brett Shelton Image , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 6: Semiotics, navigation, procedure and environment , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Overview , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Goldsmith-AnalModel , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 9: The statistical visualization , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Wainer , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Huff , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Introduction , Fall 2006

INST7870 - main , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 1: What is data visualization? , Fall 2006

INST7870 - img_datavis , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 2 Data , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 3: Creating meaning from data , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Tversky , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 3: Excel – Advanced Topics , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Shedroff , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 10: GIS and visualizations , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Hanson-InfoDesign , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 11: Visualization theory and application , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Hansen , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 5: Instructional interface and real-world application , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Readings , Fall 2006

INST7870 - notes_Huff , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 4: Traditional forms of visualization , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 8: Introduction to SPSS , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 7: Introduction to Matlab , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 6: Using Information to Create Meaningful Visualizations , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 1: PowerPoint Introduction , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 4: Introduction to Illustrator , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 7 Data , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 2: Why data visualizations? , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 7: Time-based data: alternative methods , Fall 2006

INST7870 - About the Professor , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Course Content , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 8 Data , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Lesson 12: Expressing meaning through data to an audience , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Assignment 9: Introduction to Mapping Software , Fall 2006

INST7870 - img_datavis , Fall 2006

INST7870 - Download This Course , Fall 2006

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . Shelton, B., admin. (2008, May 20). Data Visualization Theory & Practice. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/instructional-technology-learning-sciences/data-visualization-theory-practice/index.html. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License