Data Literacy for Beginners

Data Literacy for Beginners

Event Details

  • Date: 1st June 2022
  • Time: 14:00 – 15:00
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Audience: All Staff | All Students
  • Digital Capability: Digital Information, Data and Media Literacy
  • Booking Link:

Event Overview

Data Literacy for Beginners is a one-hour webinar designed to introduce staff and students to the concepts first published in a popular statistics pamphlet, entitled How To Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff in 1954.

This webinar updates Huff’s concepts, teaching you data literacy; the ability to read, understand, argue with, and make decisions from the information. It will help you to spot misleading and exaggerated statistics by others and make you aware of the potential pitfalls involving data, whilst conducting your own research and data visualisations.

The topics covered loosely follow Huff’s original chapters:

  • Definition of data literacy
  • Biased samples
  • Averages
  • Small samples
  • All numbers in a dataset
  • Axes on a chart
  • Comparisons to a common baseline
  • Correlations
  • Extrapolating data
  • The single statistic
  • Trusting data endorsements
  • Next steps: Further resources

About the presenter - Tracy Steinberg

Tracy delivers the Developing Your Data Skills programme for Digital Skills and Training, using online courses and workshops to train staff and students in data skills. She has previously worked with leading marketing research agencies as a data processing executive, serving Fortune 100 companies and government agencies.

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