Friday, October 5, 2012

The first Massive Open Online Course about infographics and data visualization


(UPDATE, Nov. 24th: Registration for the second edition to the Intro to Infographics and Data Visualization Massive Online Course, which begins in January, is already open, although it has not been officially announced. Sign up for free: http://open.journalismcourses.org/)

I am happy to announce that, starting October 28th, I will conduct a new workshop: a six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about infographics and data visualization through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

This program is a variation of other workshops/courses I've done with the Knight Center in the past; those had a limited amount of students. In this case, the course will be offerend in English and it's free. I created it with journalists and designers in mind, but it can be helpful to anybody interested in learning the theory and practice of information graphics.

No previous experience is required. You don't need to know how to use any software tool, either. You will learn a bit about that, actually. As I say in the description:
"I cannot promise that you will become a master infographics designer or data visualizer by the end of these six weeks. To achieve that, you would need to come to the University of Miami and join either our MA in Journalism or our MFA in Interactive Media. However, I will make sure that you will get enough skills and conceptual knowledge to get you started in the exciting field of presenting data and phenomena through charts, maps, and diagrams."
Read more details about the course here and here After that, sign up. This should be a fun experiment. Please spread the word.

I hope I'll see you all there.

10 comments:

  1. We are really interested to take free online course about info graphics. We would like to know the schedule.
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  2. There's not really a schedule. You can complete the assignments, read the articles, and complete the assignments whenever you wish, as long as you turn everything in at the end of each week. Read the course description and the syllabus after you sign up here http://open.journalismcourses.org/ I think it's explained clearly there. Thanks.

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  3. I signed up for this course earlier in this week! Thank you so much for taking the time out to teach this course FOR FREE! In addition to the video, are there any recommended materials we should use for pre class prep?

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    1. See the latest post, Shauna. There are some readings in there. Thanks!

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  4. I guess you should call this NS-MOOC. Not So Massive Online Course. Registration is closed because "server capacity has been reached." Not ready for prime time? Hope to catch you next time.

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    1. Sorry, this is totally out of my control. As it is the first experiment the Knight Center does with massive courses, the situation was not expected. However, the course will be offered again in January, and as many times it is necessary to accommodate the people who want to take it. I will publish an update as soon as I can. I've been offline for almost two days now.

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  5. Sorry I missed this round. Looking forward to the January installation!

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  6. Is there anywhere we can register for the course in January now or do we need to wait until nearer the time?

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  7. It will be announced soon. Keep an eye on this blog or on my Twitter account: @albertocairo Thanks!

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  8. Wow, this is great. Got second round of workshop for infographics? Sharing such great knowledge to all of our fellow artists there is priceless. Many might think infographics is too simple but what they don't know is its complexity to fit any industry. Creating infographics has become one of the successful medium of marketing ever used. Kudos to all aspirants out there!

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