If you work with data in your job, or are simply trying to understand surveys and research so you can make better decisions, check out the free online course from Google that begins next month.
Making Sense Of Data is a four-week course intended for the general public—students, teachers, business owners, researchers, journalists—anyone who works with data daily and wants to apply data to practical problems.
Instuctors for the course are Amit Deutsch an Instructional Designer in the engEDU Department at Google and Joe Hellerstein, who manages the Computational Discovery Department at Google.
In the course you’ll learn about data structure and organization, the steps of the data process, as well as organizing, summarizing, and creating charts from data. You’ll also learn about finding patterns and relationships in data and have the opportunity to complete a final project.
Prerequisites for the Course
- Access to the Internet from your desktop or laptop computer
- Google account
- Familiar with spreadsheets
- Comfortable using a web browser
- Statistical knowledge or programming experience are not required
Course DetailsThe free course is self-paced, runs from March 18, 2014 through April 4, 2014, and is expected to take 10-15 hours to complete.
During the course, you’ll learn to use Fusion Tables, a Google web application for gathering, visualizing and sharing data.
If you complete the final project and final assessment by 8:00PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, April 4, 2014, you’ll receive a certificate of completion.
Learn more and register for the Making Sense of Data course. I signed up today, so I’ll share some of my thoughts about the course in future posts.
By: Jesse Asiedu-Akrofi (GSA)