Data Explorers & Storytellers

Content powered by Stanford Online presented by Cheryl Phillips and Xavier Ho


Length: 4 weeks

Effort: 3 to 4 hours per week

Partner: Stanford Online

Program overview

The ability to collect, collate and garner insights from data is now a key skill in industry 4.0.

Digital transformation demands that businesses be data-driven, that everyone needs to be able to speak “the language” of data (data literacy). The Data Explorers and Storytelling program equips learners with the knowledge and skills to not only speak the language of data but also tell powerful stories with it.

Who is it for?

People who wish to create business cases with data 

Program Curriculum

  • The power of Data
  • Intro to Data Journalism
  • How to find/get Data
  • Collecting Data
  • Introduction to Data Visualisation
  • Dirty Data
  • Vetting and cleaning the Data
  • Three: Cleaning Data with excel
  • Cleaning Data with OpenRefine
  • Your Data dictionary and project
  • Where’s the story?
  • Where’s the progress?
  • Seeing the patterns
  • Data and missing pieces
  • Your data report and sketch
  • The visual report
  • Principles of visual design
  • Visualise with Excel
  • Your Data written and visual report

Meet the Coaches

Dr Xavier Ho

Cahoot thought leader Xavier Ho Dr Xavier Ho is a hybrid design and software practitioner-researcher appointed at Monash Art, Design and Architecture. He led the Graph Visualisation Engineering team at CSIRO designing visualisations for machine learning on networked data. He also served as an individual contributor for UX design and scientific visualisation. His most notable contribution was for trailblazing the web version of Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), which was then recommended by the Office of Northern Australia, and won the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

He has over seven years of industry experience in co-designing interactive data visualisation tools for research, government, businesses, and the everyday citizen. He was the lead front-end engineer on CSIRO’s early algal bloom detection tool, and CSIRO Data61’s Graincast, a grains yield forecasting platform. He served as a major working committee member of Pride@CSIRO, whose work was recognised by the inaugural CSIRO Diversity and Inclusion Medal by raising awareness and making institutional changes for LGBT+ equality at CSIRO.

Cheryl Phillips

Cahoot thought leader Cheryl Phillips Cheryl Phillips has been teaching journalism at Stanford since 2014. Most recently, she founded Big Local News. She also is co-founder of the Stanford Open Policing Project, a cross-departmental effort to collect police interaction data and evaluate racial disparities. And she is a founding member of the California Civic Data Coalition, an effort to make California campaign finance data accessible.

Previously, Phillips worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles with the investigations team and across the newsroom. In 2014, she was involved in coverage of a landslide that killed 43 people, which received a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. In 2009, she was the lone editor in the newsroom when four police officers were shot at a coffee shop and was integrally involved in the subsequent coverage, which received a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. She has twice been on teams that were Pulitzer finalists.

How is it done?

Active learning with cohorts

Learners will generate ideas, present and deliver together with their peers to help get different perspectives, internalise learnings and identify ways to apply them in the workforce.

Deep reflections

Learners will have the opportunity to reflect and analyse what they have learnt, how far they have come, and how they can apply these learnings in the workforce.

Real-time insights

Learners get real-time insights on how far they are performing vs their cohort that helps set their pace and enjoy a healthy dose of competition at the same time. 

Immersive experience

Learners get rich, snackable content that helps boost their retention. They are given tools that enable strong collaboration and deep conversations with their peers. 

“Honestly the whole thing was an 'aha' moment. I never really comprehended how much data is around us, and the ways we can use it. The way I see the world has changed.”

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