Instructors and students in any academic discipline can use data visualization tools to explore data and create powerful visual representations that make the story behind the data more compelling. Having students work with real-world data helps them apply what they learn to real-world issues.
We are exploring tools that make data exploration and visualization easier for students. Because the user interfaces of these tools are easier to learn, instructors can spend less time teaching the basics of tool use, and more time having students work directly with real data. Both of these tools can be connected to data sets available on the Internet, so that students can immediately begin working with data that relates to their interests and chosen disciplines.
Instructional Innovation is exploring these tools and has provided some events related to them. Faculty and students who are interested in using these tools will find excellent support through the companies listed above. Contact Instructional Innovation if you have success stories or cautionary tales that you would like us to share with others.