Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Film & New Media Studies


Film and New Media Studies 298. Visualizing Cultural Data

Effective data visualization is equal parts computational thinking, critical inquiry and creative design. This course introduces students to these various dimensions of visualizing cultural data (i.e., the data generated by and about people and their interactions with one another, technology and their surroundings). It is designed with beginners in mind, so there is no prior programming experience is required. Students will use entry-level tools to design an information dashboard, a narrative infographic, a customized map, and an interactive web-based visualization. The course emphasizes the value of hands-on, project-based learning with respect to computational thinking, information fluency, digital literacy and design skills – skills that are increasingly important to academic success and professional pursuits alike. Offered in summer only.