Online Course | A Thousand Words and a Picture: Telling Your Story with Data

Part 1: March 4, 2020 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 2: March 11, 2020 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: March 18, 2020 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


A picture is worth a thousand words, but developing a data picture worth a thousand words involves careful thought and planning. IT leaders are often in need of sharing their story and a vision for the future with campus partners and campus leadership. Delivering this message in a compelling way takes a significant amount of thought and planning. This session will take participants through the process of constructing their story, how to (and how not to) incorporate data and anecdotes effectively, how to design clear data visualizations, and how to present their story with confidence.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators during the breakout portions of the course segments.

  • Develop a story that elicits a specific outcome
  • Identify and effectively use data elements to support a compelling story
  • Learn how to tell your story in a clear and effective way


Leah Lang Leah Lang, Director of Analytics Services, EDUCAUSE

Cara Giacomini Cara Giacomini, Director of Advancement Analytics, University of Washington

Kirk Kelly Kirk Kelly, Chief Information Officer, Portland State University