Learners who complete our Data Literacy Fundamentals course, Understanding the Power & Value of Data, will be awarded the “Data Citizen” badge. This “Level 0” course is designed for anyone who is beginning their developmental journey in data, and seeking to lay a firm foundation in basic, critical concepts. Those who complete this course obtain an understanding of what data is, how it applies to them, different ways people display and analyze data and their relative strengths and use cases, and more.
Learners who complete our Data Literacy Level 1 course, Learning to See Data, will be awarded the “Visual Interpreter” badge. Each one of us needs to read and interpret charts, graphs and maps on a daily basis in our world, and most of us did not receive a formal education that adequately prepared us to absorb so much information in this way. This course teaches people how to decode the visual language of charts, and it teaches them more than two dozen of the most common chart types they will encounter.
Learners who complete our Data Literacy Level 2 course, Working Effectively with Data (coming in on-demand format in Fall 2022), will be awarded the “Data Explorer” badge. It’s often necessary to go beyond simply reading charts that others have created, and to dive into the raw data ourselves to find key insights so that we can apply them to our most important decisions. This hands-on course teaches a tool-agnostic framework that can be used to convert raw data into wisdom no matter what tool they choose to use.
Learners who complete our Data Literacy Level 3 course, Communicating Clearly with Data, will be awarded the “Data Communicator” badge. Situations arise in which we need to present multiple charts in the same view (a dashboard), and other situations require us to craft and deliver presentations that form a compelling narrative (a data story). Organizations need talented “data translators” to communicate the situation and point a way forward. This course gives people approaches and techniques that help them overcome stage fright and turn presenting data into a super power.
We’ve set up our badges as verifiable digital credentials, meaning they are Open Badge Compliant. We have also implemented built-in social sharing functionality, so that once the badge has been earned, it is easy to share news of the credential on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, with a couple clicks, badge earners can add the new credential to their LinkedIn profile in the “Licenses & Certifications” section. In this way, they can turn their LinkedIn profile into a “digital backpack” that provides evidence of their achievements so that current and prospective employers can see a clear track record of continuous professional development.
We hope you find these badges as exciting as we do! We’re working hard to become the best data literacy training organization in the world, and we’d love to know what other ideas and suggestions you have for us that will help us raise the bar even farther. Reach out to us any time at [email protected] to share your thoughts, or to get the conversation started about how you can make these courses available for your own team!