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Knight Center offers again the online course on data visualization and infographics with D3.js; Sign up now


Update: Registration for this course closed on August 6, 2015, after reaching maximum capacity. We are considering offering it again in the future.

Due to the overwhelming success of its online course “Data Visualization and Infographics with D3” last March and April, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering it again, starting on August 17.

If you want to go beyond the basics of working on pre-built charts and start to learn how to merge design and web development to create fully customized interactive visualizations, D3.js is the perfect tool. The upcoming course, which runs from August 17 to September 27, will look at this powerful JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. 

Sign up now! The first 50 registrants will receive a full ebook copy of Interactive Data Visualization for the Web by Scott Murray. All participants will receive ebook copies of the introduction and first two chapters of Alberto Cairo's books, The Functional Art, and the upcoming The Truthful Art, due out in 2016.

Make sure to sign up as soon as possible. When a previous session of this course was offered in the Spring, maximum enrollment was reached in just a week. Students from 53 different countries registered.

The online course is hosted in English at JournalismCourses.org, the distance learning program of the Knight Center. It will be taught by two experts with extensive experience in data visualization who are also authors of reference books in the field: Alberto Cairo, Professor of the Professional Practice at the School of Communication of the University of Miami and author of "The Functional Art", and Scott Murray, an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of San Francisco and author of "Interactive Data Visualization for the Web: An Introduction to Designing with D3."

This is the second course Murray has taught for the distance learning program of the Knight Center. In addition to the Spring session of this course, Cairo has taught several regular and massive open online courses on the Knight Center’s distance learning platform in various languages.

"This new course takes skills to the next level because Scott will be teaching how to apply the principles of visualization into real projects by teaching D3.js, which is a Java Script library created especially for doing visualization. This is for people who already took the MOOC. For those people who didn't take the MOOC, the course can be extremely interesting obviously because it gives you a good and deep overview of the principles of visualization for communication and it also shows the practical side, how to apply those principles into the real world using D3.js. We have tried to make it as appealing to as broad an audience as possible," said Cairo.

In the modules, students will learn how to work with graphics to communicate and analyze data, and there will be a basic introduction to HTML, CSS, SVG and JavaScript. Student will learn how to generate visual elements from data using the D3.js, and to make the best graphic choices for the data, among other practical lessons. More details about the course can be found here. Previous experience in design or programming is not required to participate in this course.

"We will introduce HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from the ground up. That said, we are only going to address the portions that are directly applicable to the course exercises," explained Murray. "Expect clear introductions to these topics that will bring new coders up to speed. Do not expect comprehensive explorations of all of these powerful technologies! Any prior experience you bring with any programming language will help you move more quickly through the material and tackle more advanced projects."

This six-week course will cost US $95.00, which may be paid by credit card. Included in this fee is the cost of the certificate of participation in PDF form, which will be issued by the Knight Center after verification that a student has met the minimum requirements at the end of the course. The certificate, however, does not count for any credit or academic accreditation.

“Data Visualization and Infographics with D3” will be divided into weekly modules that include multimedia materials and discussion forums. Most of the course activities can be completed ​​in the days and times that best suit the student. However, there are suggested weekly deadlines. The number of participants is limited and registrations can be done at this link.

“At the Knight Center, we are very excited to offer this course, because we know the need for this type of training is highly sought in journalistic companies around the world,” said Professor Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center. “We will continue working to offer MOOCs, which are open and free courses on broader issues, but we are also producing inexpensive courses for limited groups of participants on more specialized topics. The MOOCs are more general while closed courses, such as visualization with D3, are more specialized and more advanced.”

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created in 2002 by Professor Rosental Alves, who holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism. In the past, the Center was financed by major grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as well from other donors, such as Open Society Foundations. Currently, the Center receives support from the University of Texas at Austin's Moody College of Communication and donations from the public.




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