Pre-Conference Workshops

An Introduction to Data Storytelling and Visualization

Data is all around us, and we continue to create and collect it at an exponential rate. Everything from our personal health data to our location to our purchases to our communications and interactions with others are catalogued and able to be analyzed. As researchers, we both collect our own data and use data available from other sources to study the world around us. But sometimes we feel like we are drowning in data, unsure what to do. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to describe and develop a deeper appreciation for how big data are structured, collected, and stored; search for and request the wide range of data available; prepare and structure data so it can be more easily analyzed; analyze data using basic analysis tools like spreadsheets; take data and present it in ways that are truthful and compelling.

This workshop has something for everyone from the undergraduate student interested in using their data skills after graduation to the seasoned researcher that wants to shift from simple Excel charts to Tableau’s interactive data visualizations for the web.

Adam Maksl is an associate professor of journalism and media at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. He teaches courses focused on digital journalism and researches news and media literacy. He is also the Faculty Fellow for eLearning Design & Innovation within Indiana University’s eLearning Design & Services unit, where he is charged with promoting and supporting innovative teaching and learning, especially in fully online courses, across all Indiana University campuses. Maksl previously advised student media at IU Southeast, where he emphasized in-depth reporting and storytelling using emerging media tools. In several of his courses, he has emphasized data literacy and data journalism, including how to effectively use data presentation and visualization to create engaging and impactful stories. Maksl earned his PhD in journalism from the University of Missouri, an MA in journalism from Ball State University, and a BS in secondary journalism education from Indiana University Bloomington.

Best Practices in Project Management

Most professionals today recognize the tremendous value that professional project management can offer in helping an organization achieve its maximum potential. But many organizations also lack the resources to hire specialized project managers. As a result, many practitioners who are highly skilled in their areas of expertise are often asked to assume project management roles with little or insufficient preparation. This workshop will introduce participants to a set of best practices and project management tools that will help their project teams to stay aligned on key project requirements, meet critical deadlines, and deliver maximum value to stakeholders

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Chad Snow is a lecturer in management information systems at Indiana University Southeast since the Fall of 2017. He also teaches graduate courses in project management and business modeling and simulation. Prior to teaching at IUS, Chad worked for 17 years in the Talent Management consulting business at Mercer where he held a number of Information Technology roles including business analysis, project management, software implementation, and data modeling. He has a passion for applying the principles of lean manufacturing to the problems of enterprise data management. Chad’s professional interests also include teaching excellence and applying advanced statistical methods to improve decision outcomes.

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