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Cyber learning and Communication 2.0


As my research came to a close there was so many things I wanted to blog about and share, consequently I chose to hone in on the past and future of education and learning. I found myself concentrating on ‘cyber learning’ and the communication 2.0 phenomenon, terms coined to explain the conception of the near future of knowledge.

It is estimated that by the end of the year 46.1%of the global population will be online, where 75% of users live in the top 20 countries, and the remaining 25% scattered across the other 178 countries. Efforts has been taken by national governments to ‘create infrastructure that will meet the needs of a global digital economy (Mutula 2011, p.17). With the UN’s International Telecommunication Union report stating that this number will increase to 60% in the next 10 years. The ‘global digital village is becoming a reality…

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Major Project: An Explanation


Through the development of my project and research I have changed the direction of my project. Initially I was going to document the creation process of my data visualisation, and provide the data visualisation as a secondary document. However after discussion with my employers (who’s data I was visualising), it was discussed that for privacy I would only supply these documentation to them, to protect the sensitive information. Instead I am creating a Designers’ Guidelines to Visualising Information. The document will cover the following elements:

  • Brief History of data visualisation
  • Exploration of cybernetics and cognitive understanding of information.
  • Visualisation and the design process
  • Digital literacy and Communication 2.0
  • Visualization: Learning and Education
  • Future and obstacles.

The document should act as a guide, highlighting some considerations that need to be taken when developing a piece of visualization. Whilst also providing a strategy for designers, to better utalize neuroscience breakthroughs to more…

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Data Visualisation For Dummies


So in my last blog, I briefly explored the proliferation of data, and examined how humans interact and process all this information. Going on to explore how data visualization has emerged as people seek to find ways to interpret complex information and translate it into a format that is easily understood.

This week I dove into the topic of data visualization more methodically, in the aim to answer this question: “What is data visualization, and why does it matter?” In this I examined the historical and academic origins of the practice; examine its use in society and lastly explored and analyzed key examples of data visualization.

While some might think that data visualization is a new concept, and only emerged with the introduction of Web 2.0, computers and developments in statistics. In actuality, graphic representation of quantitative information has deep roots. According to historian Michael Friendly (2006 & 2008)…

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Let’s get visual.


Data. It seems like such a simple concept. However in the 21st century with the immense proliferation of social media and the continual advancement in technology, this four-letter word has become much more complex and essential to our everyday lives.

We live in a time where information (data) is often translated from words, into zeros and dashes (binary data) and then back to words, but a staggering 65% of the world are visual learners. Images are processed much more efficiently than text at a speed of 13 milliseconds, compared to the 250 milliseconds taken to process text.

Neuroscientist agree that text simply can’t do what images can do, visual stimulus amplifies any message by accelerating communication, increasing comprehension, improving retention and stimulating a greater emotional responses.

Data journalistDavid McCandless states that by “visualising information it turns it into an info map to follow. Data visualisation therefor combines…

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