Ed-Fi 230

From Essential Question to Visual Design

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This advanced course provides a detailed, practical methodology for developing essential questions. Academy students learn how to build a team with the appropriate expertise and skills, and guide the team through an iterative process of inquiry and investigation from the initial definition of a question through deployment to end-users. 

Learning objectives

The learning objectives for this course are: 

  • Understand the benefits and elements of the EQ To Visual Design Process 
  • Learn about resources and examples to support an agile design process 
  • Understand the people and roles required to conduct the EQ To Visual Design Process 
  • Gain the practical, how-to knowledge necessary to conduct a successful EQ project from conception to value delivery

Course Outcome 

By the end of this course, Academy students will be ready to:  

  • Lead or participate in an Essential Question To Visual Design project as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Develop essential questions (EQs) that are open-ended, meaningful, and feasible
  • Craft a focused use case that explains the context of the essential question, the data needed to answer it, and the actions or decisions that will result
  • Draft a data visualization mockup designed to enable educators to answer an essential question

Who Should Enroll 

  • Project managers and leaders of education analytics projects  
  • Data engineers and technical analysts who support education analytics projects  
  • Educators or campus leaders who lead or sponsor analytics initiatives  
  • Anyone participating in an Ed-Fi Essential Question To Visual Design project. 

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