Journalists and members of the public are invited to register for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,’ conducted by Professor Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, USA.
The course is offered as the first collaboration between the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, at the University of Texas, Austin, USA. The five-session course will begin on 16 November and conclude on 13 December.
Over 2,500 people from countries around the world have already signed up for the course, which will also be provided with English subtitles.
An international expert in interactive design, Professor Cairo is the director of the Visualization Program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. He is also a veteran MOOC instructor for the Knight Center’s distance learning platform. To learn more about Cairo and his publications, visit his site at The Functional Art. Chapters of Cairo’s book of the same name, and the forthcoming work The Truthful Art, are used in the course. He will also use his Twitter account @AlbertoCairo to complement class discussions.
More than 14,000 people from more than 150 countries were enrolled in previous editions of the course, making it the most popular MOOC offered by the Knight Center.
The MOOC will focus on how to work with graphics to communicate and analyse data. ‘The course is mainly focused on how to communicate complex ideas to the public in a way that is truthful, compelling and beautiful,’ Cairo said.
Course modules will cover topics such as how to analyse and critique infographics and visualisations in media; how to plan for data-based storytelling through charts, maps and diagrams; and how to design attractive and informative infographics and visualisations. Asian examples will be used in this special edition of the course.
|Spend 4 to 6 hours per week on the course, which includes discussion forums and quizzes.||No previous experience in graphics needed! Whether you’re a journalist or a student – everyone is welcome!
|Meet all course requirements and get a Certificate of Completion for a US$30 fee!
|Register for the course by following these steps: