Data Savvy Courses

Students sit at computer terminals during an instructor-led Data Services GIS Workshop.

Data Savvy is a set of self-paced courses, delivered through Canvas, meant to complement semester-length courses taught at Washington University in St. Louis. These courses do not replace full-term courses offered by Washington University schools and departments.

Students may self-register based on an instructor’s recommendation, or on their own initiative, and receive a portable micro-credential that they can add to their resume. The following courses are available:

  • Data Literacy Management & Sharing | Helps researchers become more effective in finding, evaluating, using, and managing data and introduces ethical considerations around sharing and publishing data.
  • Working with Data | Takes researchers through the fundamentals of working with data, both quantitative and qualitative. It is designed to help students feel more confident around the topics of building, using, analyzing, and communicating with data.
  • Data Visualization | Introduces the fundamentals of data visualization in both 2D and 3D formats. It reviews the properties of effective and common data visualization types and provides resources for creating visualizations and guidance on designing and evaluating data visualizations.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) | Walks students through geospatial concepts, data, resources, and tools at a high level.

These courses take a holistic approach to introducing key concepts of data literacy, data management, and data analysis.