Full course description
A common saying today is that “data is the new oil,” suggesting that data is a valuable asset, offering great value to those who can harness and use it. A crucial skill in today’s data-rich business environments is data literacy, or the ability to understand, use and communicate data effectively. However, fewer than a quarter of new workers and business decision makers report being able to confidently or skillfully work with data. The result is a large “data literacy divide” in today’s society that closes doors and limits opportunities to those with inadequate levels of data skills, knowledge, and self-confidence.
This workshop is designed for participants in any industry setting who regularly encounter data in their day-to-day work. It provides a first step in the journey over the data literacy divide by providing participants with practical opportunities to understand the nature and role of data in the contemporary workplace and society, to think critically about the numbers and about statistics they encounter, and to engage hands on with common data displays such as charts and graphs.
What to Expect
Expect to spend 2-3 hours per week learning and practicing core concepts by watching presentations from NU instructors and other industry pros; completing short readings on course topics; discussing your observations, experiences, and findings in asynchronous discussions; and completing weekly knowledge checks on the materials.
What You’ll Learn
The workshop helps you sharpen the following skills:
- Identifying the nature and role of data in the contemporary workplace and society;
- Evaluating data for the presence/sufficiency of contextual information;
- Differentiating among uses and misuses of data and statistics terminology;
- Evaluating data visualizations for bias, deception, and unethical intent; and
- Reflecting on your growth in Data Literacy and use of new data skills and knowledge in your personal and/or professional life.
Once you complete the workshop, you will earn a Level 2 digital badge signifying your participation in opportunities to practice and apply your skills, and get some feedback from your instructor and peers. You can showcase your badge on professional and social networks, and/or add it to your resumé or CV.