Summer school teacher interview: The Data Visualisation summer course equips you with the must-have tools for communication in a data-scentric world

This August, Aalto University Summer School offers a course on Data Visualisation that deep-dives into visualisation methods, digital tools, and principles of storytelling. Course instructor Dr. Tomi Kauppinen, Head of Aalto Online Learning at Aalto University, shares his thoughts on why data visualisation is such an important skill in your toolkit today.
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Tomi Kauppinen, what kind of role does data visualisation play in the success of businesses and organisations today?

Data visualisation is integral to the success of businesses and organisations in today's data-driven landscape and the era of AI. Visual storytelling enables informed decision-making by simplifying intricate data into understandable patterns, trends and captivating stories. Effective visualisations empower decision-makers at all levels to grasp insights quickly, facilitating more strategic and timely decisions. Visualisation enhances communication, promotes transparency, and helps organisations stay competitive in an increasingly data-centric world.

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Tomi Kauppinen

How will this course benefit students in their future careers?

The course will equip students with a valuable skill set sought after in quite a variety of professions. Employers across industries appreciate individuals who can translate data into actionable insights and interesting stories. 

Whether students pursue careers in data science, business analytics, journalism, marketing, strategic planning, arts, or any field requiring data interpretation and communication, the ability to create compelling visualisations will set them apart and enhance their career prospects.

What are some of the key skills and knowledge that you hope students will gain from participating?

Students will develop proficiency in conceptual thinking, data analysis tools and visualisation approaches, facilitating their ability to create visualisations to communicate interesting stories, patterns and trends. They will gain a deep understanding of design principles and relevant human psychology, enabling them to create aesthetically pleasing and effective visualisations and to communicate their results via engaging presentations.

Additionally, students will learn to critically evaluate data visualisations, ensuring they can distinguish between impactful and misleading representations. Regardless of your major in technology, business, arts or sciences, participants will find the mindset and skills gained in this course applicable and valuable in today's utterly data-centric professional landscape.

The Data Visualisation summer course by Aalto University Summer School is recommended for students across disciplines who seek to enhance their analytical and communication skills. It is especially beneficial for those aspiring to roles in design, data analysis, business intelligence, data journalism, marketing, arts, moviemaking or any field where the ability to convey insights through visual storytelling is an asset. 

Aalto University Summer School accepts applications for the Data Visualisation course until 31 May 2024. 

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Data visualisation enables us to process information faster, work more efficiently, and increase productivity. This summer course allows students to critically analyse data visualisations and use them as part of storytelling in presentations and argumentations.

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