Beyond the tools: Pedagogy for critical data visualization instruction

Date: Friday, November 5
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: Free

Materials from the workshop


Librarians who help learners develop skills in data visualization are often asked to teach specific tools, however, a focus on the tools may obscure the complexities of the research process and the resulting (mis)representations of data. In this workshop, participants will develop a pedagogical approach that helps them move from trainers to teachers by crafting lesson plans with learning outcomes and assessment, identifying active learning strategies, increasing comfort with classroom management, and developing reflective practice for continuous improvement of teaching. In addition, facilitators will share practical examples of embedding critical, ethics-centered data literacy into in-person and online instruction sessions.

You will leave the workshop feeling empowered as a teacher and equipped with the strategies you need to develop and teach successful data visualization workshops.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will:


Dianne N. Brown

Dianne N. Brown is the Research and Instructional Design Librarian at the Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an M.Ed with a concentration in online teaching and learning from Lesley University and an M.S. LIS from Drexel University. Her background in early and elementary education has developed into a lifelong commitment to constructivist educational practice. She loves helping librarians build their own reflective practices in order to become better, more confident teachers.

Megan Bresnahan

Megan Bresnahan is the Life Sciences and Agriculture Librarian at the University of New Hampshire Library. She has been a science librarian for almost fifteen years, including work in health science and engineering libraries. Some of her research has focused on scholarly communication and research data management services in libraries and developing practical learning opportunities to help subject librarians provide support in these areas. She is also interested in how science librarians can apply critical frameworks to their practice to advance social justice, equity, and inclusion at their institutions. She loves working with students in the sciences and experimenting with new approaches to teaching information literacy.