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Introduction to Data Visualization

If you’ve heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words,” then you already know a little bit about data visualization. Data visualization is a growing field that takes large amounts of information and turns it into a picture to make it easier to see and understand trends and patterns. You’ll learn how to use Tableau, a popular data visualization software, to make charts, graphs, maps and other visual elements to organize information and tell a visual story. We’ll also discuss how businesses and organizations use data visualization and the different career opportunities available to professionals with data visualization skills.  

What You'll Learn 

  • Fundamental design principles and different types of data visualizations 
  • Basic Tableau functionalities, including chart types, color theory and dashboards 
  • Design patterns that work well for certain kinds of information 
  • How to evaluate and interpret visualizations

Who Should Register 

This course is for ninth to 12th graders. No previous programming experience is required, but you should be familiar with Microsoft Excel. Be prepared to work at a fast pace. 


Lisa Carlson

More Information

This online course is taught via Canvas and/or Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Activities are held both synchronously and asynchronously. To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam. 

See the Policies page for details about registration, refunds, waitlists and more.

Earn a Digital Badge

After participating in this course, you can claim a Youth & Teen Programs digital badge that you can share with prospective colleges, universities and employers and on social media.


Jul 1–Jul 12, 2024

No class Jul 4–5
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Refund Deadline
May 20, 2024