UPDATE: August 6: Registration is now closed for this course after reaching maximum capacity.
Welcome to “Data Visualization and
Infographics with D3,” a six-week online course with
professors Alberto Cairo and Scott Murray!
This is part of JournalismCourses.org, the distance-learning program
of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of
Texas at Austin. Our program offers MOOCs, massive online courses that
are free, and other online courses, like this one that has a limited
number of students and is paid.
The first 50 registrants will receive a full ebook
copy of Interactive Data Visualization for the Web by Scott
Murray for free.
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.
This course consists of an in-depth discussion about the principles
of infographics and data visualization, and how they apply to the real
world. Students will learn how to display information using charts,
maps, diagrams, and visual narratives, and how to bring them to life
in visualization for communication.
At the end of the course, you will come away with knowledge
How to choose appropriate graphic forms to represent your
How to combine charts, maps, diagrams,
etc., and arrange them as narratives.
How to interpret
visualizations correctly, and avoid the most common kinds of
How to use d3.js to create data charts and maps.
Who can enroll
This course is open to anyone interested in learning the principles
of visualization and infographics for effective communication, and about
how to apply them using d3.js. You don’t need any previous
Alberto Cairo is a Professor of the Professional
Practice at the School of Communication of the University of Miami. He
teaches courses on information graphics and visualization, and is
interested in the convergence between visual communication, journalism,
cognitive science, cartography, and statistics.
He is author of the books Infografía 2.0:
Visualización interactiva de información en
prensa (Alamut, Spain, 2008) and The Functional Art:
an Introduction to Information Graphics and
Visualization (Peachpit Press/Pearson Education, 2012).
He's working on a new book, titled The Truthful Art: Data,
Charts, and Maps for Communication, to be published in March 2016
by Peachpit Press.
Scott Murray is a code artist who writes software to
create data visualizations and other interactive phenomena. His work
incorporates elements of interaction design, systems design, and
generative art. Scott is an Assistant Professor of Design at the
University of San Francisco, a contributor to Processing, and author of
"Interactive Data Visualization for the Web: An Introduction to
Designing with D3". Scott earned an A.B. from Vassar College
and an M.F.A. from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts
College of Art and Design. His work can be seen at alignedleft.com.
How the course works
First of all, note that this is an asynchronous course. That
means there are no live events scheduled at specific times. You
can log in to the course and complete activities throughout the week at
your own pace, at the times and on the days that are most convenient for
Despite its asynchronous nature, there are still structures in place
for the duration of the course from August 17 to September 27, 2015.
The material is organized into six weekly modules. Each module
will be taught by Alberto Cairo and/or Scott Murray and will cover a
different topic through videos, presentations, readings and discussion
forums. There will be a quiz each week to test the knowledge
you’ve gained through the course materials. The weekly
quizzes, and weekly participation in the discussion forums, are the
basic requirements for earning a certificate of participation at the end
of the course.
This course is very flexible, and if you are behind with the
materials, you have the entire length of the course to complete
them. There are, however, suggested weekly deadlines for each
We recommend you note the deadlines
listed in each week of the course.
Classes are opened on Monday. The materials for that
week’s module will be available on Monday.
be watched in the week they are assigned.
Readings should be
completed in the week they are assigned.
Participation in the
discussion forums should be completed after watching the videos and
reading all of the week’s materials. You choose one of the
forums to participate in.
Quizzes should be completed at the
end of each week, after watching the videos and reading the
materials. Weekly quizzes will be available until the last day of
the course, September 27, in case you get behind with the modules.
Expect to commit about 5-7 hours per week on readings, assignments, and discussions in order to successfully complete this course.
Registering in the platform is easy. Please follow these steps:
1) Create an account in the Journalism Courses system.
Even if you’ve taken a course with us before, you may need to
create a new account. Check to see if your previous username and
password work before creating a new account.
2) Wail for a confirmation in your email indicating that your account
has been created. If you do not receive this, please check your spam
3) Pay the $95 registration fee. Click here to pay. The
payment must be made only by those who already have an account in the
Journalism Courses system. The username and email you used in the system
will be required when you complete payment.
4) It may take up to 72 hours to enroll you in the course. You will
receive an email confirming your registration, and granting you access
to the introductory module of the course.