Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating your Findings for Maximum Impact
Friday, March 20, 2015
Stephanie Evergreen, Ph.D.

PowerPoint PresentationHow Data Visualization Changes the Conversation
Unthoughtful data visualization costs audience time, money, and patience. It foreshortens the conversation. Intentional data visualization clears the way for thought leadership and intellectual discussion. Full of guidelines, after this session you’ll be better able to package your data so it represents your quality, so it changes the conversation.

9:30-10:30am Hillcrest Hall Enroll Here

How to Present Data Effectively
Crystal clear charts and graphs are valuable – they save an audience’s mental energies, keep a reader engaged, and make you look smart. In this session, you will learn the research-based best practices that inform smart data visualization. You will leave with practical steps you can immediately take to massively improve the way you present data.
11:00-12:30pm Hillcrest Hall Enroll Here

How to Become an Excel Ninja: Hands-on Data Visualization Construction
Excel can be a powerful and accessible tool for data visualization – if you know how to use it right. In this session, you will manipulate Excel into making impactful charts and graphs, step-by-step, using provided data sets distributed to the audience. This session will take place in a computer lab. Completing the session moves one to Excel Ninja Level 10.
2:00-4:30pm Newman 207 computer lab* Enroll Here

* Space is limited, advance registration required

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CIDER: Diggs Showcase: Digital Storytelling and ePortfolios: From First-Year to Graduate Students
April 8, 2015
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The Inn at Virginia Tech

As a Diggs 2014 Teaching Scholar Award Winner, Professor Don Orth will conduct this 1.5 hour workshop to showcase his teaching enhancement project.

The e-portfolio is a purposeful collection of work that demonstrates self-understanding via reflective writing. This session demonstrates practices to improve the narrative writing of first-year and advanced students and the use of digital storytelling. The “Invent the Sustainable Future” first-year experience incorporates reflective writing, e-portfolios, and peer mentors. One major challenge can be students’ questioning about the value of writing activities. Storytelling, with its emphasis on values, emotions, and actions, helps students develop self-understanding and the motivation to act on their values. 

Limited space left,  Enroll Here.

What does intrinsically motivated learning and exploration look like?  #VTHacks in action….

Just in case you missed the excitement this past weekend, here are a few short video snippets of VTHacks in action.  The featured video is an all-female team whose innovative app promotes equity via safer traveling options for all.  Additional links feature other hacking fun and innovation.


Crowdbox Project at VTHacks 2015

(Codr) Project at VTHacks 2015

Creativity with Leap Motion VTHacks 2015

Oculus Rift in action at VTHacks 2015


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• Credits earned within 4 years prior to refresh due date apply
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