Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Data Visualization workshops with Dave Mathias

of AIRUM members expressed interest in data visualization as our pre-conference workshop topic. We have planned two workshops facilitated by Dave Mathias, founder of Beyond the Data LLC and organizer of the Twin Cities Data Visualization MeetUp (full bio below). The afternoon workshop will build on the morning workshop, though they are designed to stand alone as well. Sign up and pay for the pre-conference workshops through the conference registration process.

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Workshop Descriptions

MORNING WORKSHOPMaximizing Your Data Visualization Potential in Excel (8:30am - 11:30am)
During this workshop you will learn how to maximize your data visualization potential in Excel. You will start by learning data visualization framing and design techniques and applying them to student success data. Then, you will learn some advanced Excel options to enhance your data visualizations, like PivotChart, conditional formatting, and sparklines (to name a few). Lastly, you will learn about additional learning opportunities to continue to advance your data visualization expertise.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: Advancing Beyond Excel for Student Success Visualizations (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
During this workshop you will learn how to advance your data visualization expertise beyond Excel. You will start the workshop learning data visualization best practices through the good, interesting, and ugly data viz of others. You will then learn how you can augment Excel with tools like Power BI and Tableau to further your data visualization capabilities, and even get hands on using student success data with one of these free options (Power BI). Then, you will learn and practice using geospatial data to enhance your visualizations. Lastly, you will learn about additional learning opportunities to advance your data visualization expertise.

Cost

Full-day workshop experience - $130
Half-day morning or afternoon workshop only - 
$75

Facilitator Bio

Both workshops are facilitated by Dave Mathias. He is the founder of Beyond the Data whose focus is on helping organizations be customer focused and data fluent. Dave is an organizer of the Twin Cities Data Visualization MeetUp and Twin Cities Data Fluency MeetUp and is on the board of MinneAnalytics. A few fun facts about Dave is that he is a recovering organic chemist and recovering attorney, he has lived in nine states (came first to Minnesota to go to undergrad at Univ. of Minnesota - Twin Cities then left and is now back), and his favorite Minnesota sports team is the Minnesota United.

Workshop Requirements

Attendees should have basic experience in Excel or similar spreadsheet software and should be familiar with basic data visualization concepts. Further, you will need equipment/software as follows:

  • Morning: Bring laptop with Excel 2010 or later on it. Prior to workshop you will be sent a list of add-ons to download and instructions. It is important to download these prior to ensure you get maximum benefit from workshop.
  • Afternoon: Bring laptop with Excel 2010 or later on it. Prior to workshop you will be instructed how to download Microsoft Power BI for free. It is important to download this prior to workshop to ensure you get maximum benefit from workshop.