Skip to main content
Search form
  • 00:11

    DEBRA ANDERSON: The 360 environment is a great scene.It is detecting all the location data.So there is almost 50,000 rows of data of GDP per capita.I've always been a curious person.And also be really passionate aboutaccessibility to new technologies and information.

  • 00:34

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: And so to create more of an impact around this data set,we've created a fog or haze effect.

  • 00:43

    STUDENT 1: Yeah, this is amazing.

  • 00:45

    DEBRA ANDERSON: Right, how many rowsis it showing in the tabular view?

  • 00:49

    BRIAN CHIRLS: I've got 1,184 rows.

  • 00:51

    DEBRA ANDERSON: At Datavized, we'reintroducing customers to new solutionsthrough immersive visualization, augmented reality,virtual reality, mixed reality.How does it change your perceptionthat these technologies are now integrated into all modern webbrowsers?Prior to Datavized, I also worked on a lot

  • 01:12

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: of production of content.Using tools that were often customizing.Working with collaborators from coding artists, to animators,and documentary filmmakers aroundconstructing information to communicate a visual story.

  • 01:33

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: And often that resulted in needing new technologiesto tell that story.So you'll notice on the globe, there'salso the high data bars--But the problem is, a lot of thiswas left to data artists or technologists.And there really weren't that many toolsfor a person with non-technical skill sets

  • 01:53

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: to be able to craft really expressive and visuallypowerful stories.

  • 01:59

    MAN: You can build a global interactive visualizationin about 10 or 15 seconds.

  • 02:05

    STUDENT 2: Oh my god, that's crazy.

  • 02:08

    DEBRA ANDERSON: So I began a venture with Datavizedwith the goal, really, to build accessible technologyfor the visualization of data, the communication of data.So I saw a gap between the reality of the big datarevolution and the reality of the number of peoplethat had the skill sets to analyze and interpret

  • 02:32

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: that information.I found myself at the New School at the right placeat the right time.When a big data consumer research courseneeded to exist to educate the next generation of datastorytellers.And to also connect the next generation of data scientists

  • 02:53

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: with emerging technologies.To be ready and prepared and to bring their innovative thinkinginto the world.For different concepts for presenting datain an immersive environment.So you have, kind of, free floating experiencethat's taking off.

  • 03:07

    MUNRO HOBERMAN: I'm taking web VR with Debra Anderson.We're making projects in A frame,which allow you to visualize data in virtual reality.

  • 03:16

    DEBRA ANDERSON: So it looks like youhave constructed this concept.I see the 3D chess board.At the New School, we have small classroom settings,up to 25 students.And this allows me, as an instructor,to really focus on working with students in a one on onesetting for proper feedback.

  • 03:38

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: To really understand where they might have challenges,where they're excelling in terms of the new toolsthat we're introducing in the classroom,and to work in small groups to collaborate on problem solvingand storytelling with data.

  • 03:53

    MUNRO HOBERMAN: She's really great at knowing all the toolsthat are around the VR space.Because it's a very rapidly developing industry.It's really cool to know all that.Yeah, I was just using the same primitive for everythingcolored and then different scales.

  • 04:09

    DEBRA ANDERSON: And then these were also primitives?

  • 04:12

    MUNRO HOBERMAN: She's definitely available after a class.I've, a couple of occasions, discussed with her projectsand gotten feedback from her.

  • 04:19

    DEBRA ANDERSON: So I'd like to share a prototype we--an experience we designed for Ernst & Young.And this project was something wedesigned to take a white paper on innovation trends report.And give that context in eight chaptersin an immersive environment experience.So working with an individual student,I will often bring a lot of the tools

  • 04:40

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: that we're building at Datavized, which are oftenin beta, meaning they haven't been released publicly yet.And so working one on one with students,I have the ability to bring emerging technologies, thatoften haven't yet really been adopted widely,for student feedback and participation.So that I'm listening to what students find,

  • 05:02

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: in terms of what works, what doesn't.

  • 05:06

    MUNRO HOBERMAN: She's able to communicate with her studentsin an effective way.Her work with Datavized allows usto really see what's actually going on in the industryand be able to connect with it.And see what different ways of practical using our projectscan be.

  • 05:25

    DEBRA ANDERSON: Is our feature for the VR preview also builtinto the software?

  • 05:29

    BRIAN CHIRLS: That's right.This laptop doesn't have a VR device attached.So Deb teaching is useful to the company in a number of ways.It's really useful to see how studentsreact to some of our work.They are more open minded than peoplewho have been working in a professional environmentfor a longer time.As a result of just how they grew up, using technology.

  • 05:54

    BRIAN CHIRLS [continued]: They're often not immersed in a process so much.So that they can be very open.

  • 05:59

    MAN 2: Is there any pre work you thinkyou might send your students before the semesterstarts, that might help them jump start their understandingof where you're trying to go?

  • 06:08

    DEBRA ANDERSON: Yes, I'd like to send the students maybe a casestudy or two around the context of someof these new applications.When I started the big data consumer research courseat the New School, this field of immersive visualizationactually didn't exist.So in working in the academic environment,working with students, and over a period of time

  • 06:30

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: the curriculum updates as the reality in the real worldchanges.And the markets change, and the demands change, and what getsbrought to market around new hardware and software changes.And it's changing more and more rapidly.

  • 06:48

    BRIAN CHIRLS: I think for a student lookingto get into data science, especially on the softwareside, I think it's important to build a set of skillsthat are adaptable.There are things that change year to year.Whether you're building an Android app, or an iPhone app,or this programming language, or that programming language.The technology's changed so fast.

  • 07:08

    BRIAN CHIRLS [continued]: But there are fundamentals that have been aroundsince Alan Turing that are-- they're mathand they're never going to change.

  • 07:17

    DEBRA ANDERSON: What would be like a game statnumber for this experience?Like something--Working in the classroom, what I'vebeen able to learn from students,coming in year to year, is what do they care about?What technologies are important to them?Where do they spend their time, on what digital devices?And also having meaningful conversations about things

  • 07:40

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: like privacy and ethics around data.Which are kind of paramount to building technologies.So here's another experience Datavizedprototyped to demonstrate the potential of virtual realitydata visualization.So this is showing every shot by every NBA player from the 2015

  • 08:00

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: to 2016 season.So when we load the experience, weplace the user on a basketball court and show every shot.They start out white and the baskets thatwent in show up blue, and the baskets that were missedare red.

  • 08:15

    MUNRO HOBERMAN: I'm currently studying game design.So making tons of cool little games.Later down the line, I think I wantto go into independent development or small teamdevelopment.And then use my programming skillsto get more work kind of science.

  • 08:29

    DEBRA ANDERSON: Where are you positioned now,are you're standing on the chessboard?

  • 08:33

    MUNRO HOBERMAN: Yes, I'm in the middle of the chessboard.

  • 08:36

    DEBRA ANDERSON: So I think it's important to know that datais valuable everywhere.Across pretty much every industryyou can think of today.And it's also what's the most disruptive underlying thing,often the invisible thing, we don't see.

  • 08:57

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: Which is why the visualization tools are so key.But data is really the key to understanding the future.So if you're thinking about a career in data sciencewithout a background of mathematics,start thinking about it.We are in a stage where machine learning,

  • 09:18

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: and advanced algorithms, and computer algorithmsare processing the vast amounts of data.So everyone should be thinking about,what is my contribution in terms of data in my work.Think about the potential that you may have,

  • 09:38

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: in terms of not only contributingto the field, now, of data science,but what it's going to look like in five or 10 years.It's really changing quite rapidly.There's really no one definition.And so there's a level playing field for data science.And we need students to think about the field

  • 09:60

    DEBRA ANDERSON [continued]: in a broad sense.And apply their passion, in terms of the industry and areathat they want to specialize in, and solve problemsin that space.And really think about data scienceas a sandbox for innovation.

Video Info

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year: 2019

Video Type:In Practice

Methods: Data visualization, Big data analytics and tools

Keywords: algorithms; augmented products; computer science education; data management; data visualisation; interactivity; mathematics; teaching materials; teaching methods; virtual reality ... Show More

Segment Info

Segment Num.: 1

Persons Discussed:

Events Discussed:



Debra Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder, Brian Chirls, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, of Datavized Technologies Inc., and student, Munro Hoberman, discuss teaching and learning data visualization techniques in the classroom.

Looks like you do not have access to this content.

Bringing Data Visualization from a Company to the Classroom: Debra Anderson

Debra Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder, Brian Chirls, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, of Datavized Technologies Inc., and student, Munro Hoberman, discuss teaching and learning data visualization techniques in the classroom.

Copy and paste the following HTML into your website