First week of a MOOC

Mook (n.) Coined in the Scorsese film, 'Mean Streets', meaning a arsehole or loser. (source: urbandictionary.com) I started my first MOOC this week, the¬†Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization which is going to run until 23 Feb. It's run by¬†Alberto Cairo at the Knight Centre, University of Texas. So far it's been a good experience,… Continue reading First week of a MOOC

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Video instructions: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

I start an infographics MOOC this week run by the Knight Center, part of University of Texas. Part of the reason I'm doing the course is because of my newfound fascination with graphs, but I'm also doing it to see the different ways educators can run an entirely online course. As part of the preliminary… Continue reading Video instructions: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

How I stopped worrying and learned to love data analysis

One of the modules I've been teaching this term involves writing about graphs. At first this seemed pretty boring, but as the classes went by I discovered an untapped love of data analysis. Data analysis hasn't ever been cool, but over the last five years or so it's become fairly popular in internet terms. Sites… Continue reading How I stopped worrying and learned to love data analysis