Picturing a Thousand
W R D S
Data Visualization as a Teaching Tool
Shannan Butler, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Communication
St. Edward’s University
Presented at the 2010 ELI Annual Meeting
Provided by IBM’s Visual
Their goal is to “democratize
visualization and to enable a
new social kind of data analysis.”
94,000 user provided data sets
both textual and numeric
U.S. Gov, OECD, Employment,
Climate, Income, Diversity, etc.
18 Visualization Types
View raw data as table or text
Check validity & formatting
Choose an appropriate visualization type
Play with your data!
Create an account
Add your visualization
Solicit or share feedback
For More info...
Weisgerber, C. & Butler, S. (2009). "Visualizing the Future of
Interaction Studies: Data Visualization Applications as a
Research, Pedagogical, and Presentational Tool for Interaction
Scholars." Electronic Journal of Communication, 19(1-2) .