Data Visualization: A Select Bibliography

et-line_e00b(0)_512There are many books, guides, and tutorials to help you learn data visualization.  In this post, I’m sharing a select bibliography of the 16 key readings that I use in my practice and teaching. The readings are diverse; data visualization as a field is interdisciplinary, combining many fields and specialties.  Principles, inspiration, and insights are drawn from the areas of statistics, communications, computer science, cognitive psychology, graphic design, information design and user experience design.




Why Data Visualization? Reason #3

tipsforpres_blogpostThe third reason why we use data visualizations is to show data in our presentations.

Recently, I wrote a guest post for Tableau on best ways to deliver presentations with data. I emphasized the role of storytelling and noted the following pitfalls. Also included is a checklist for delivering effective presentations with data.



Educational reasons for creating short teaching videos


Many professors are creating their own multimedia content for their classes. Multimedia content comes in many forms, with the most popular being video content. However, the definition of content in this context is very narrow as it refers to the medium. This media centric view of content can make it difficult to separate the actual educational content from the medium itself. The educational content can be described as what is the professor trying to demonstrate, model, or explain to the students.


Student video projects: An alternative to in-class student presentations

Screenshot 2016-05-31 23.28.52Student video assignments can save class-time for discussion and add a rich learning dynamic to presentations. In many project-based courses, one or two class sessions are reserved for students to deliver presentations on their projects. These presentations take place live in front of the class. Presentations range from 15 to 30 minutes per project. If there are more than five student projects, presentations can account for two or more class sessions. If the primary focus of the course is on delivering presentations, multiple class sessions are a productive use of time. However, in courses where critique and feedback on the project is central to the lesson, as opposed to a focus on presentation skills, it is not as important to take up class time for information delivery.


Considerations and challenges in developing and delivering online programs

onlineprogramsEarlier this spring, I participated in an author series panel at Teachers College, Columbia University to discuss online teaching and learning in higher education. The panel was moderated by Steven Goss who is the Vice Provost of Digital Learning and brought together authors who have written about online education to discuss the considerations and challenges of developing and delivering online programs.