Creating Effective Graphs

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Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

Sunita Patterson, a scientific editor in Scientific Publications at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, goes over the fundamentals of good graph design and data presentation including a discussion of when to use graphs, general principles for effective graphs and introducing different types of graph. Effective graphs “improve understanding of data”. They do not confuse or mislead; one graph is more effective than another if its quantitative information can be decoded more quickly or more easily by most observers.  Examples of graphs are given realted to Medicine and Health Services.
Objectives of Short Course:
- Know more effective ways to present data and know where to find more information on these graph forms.
- Learn general principles for creating clear, accurate graphs.
- Understand that different audiences have varying needs and the presentation should be appropriate for the audience.
Summary of Course:
- Limitations of some common graph forms
- Human perception and our ability to decode graphs
- Newer and more effective graph forms
- General principles for creating effective tables and graphs

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Sunita Patterson
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Department of Scientific Publication, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
License - link to legal statement specifying the copyright status of the learning resource: 
Standard YouTube License
Access Cost: 
No fee
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More info about
Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data access
Data analysis
Data management planning tools
Data visualization
Metadata standards
Scientific publications
Scientific reproducibility
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Medicine and Health Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Monday, October 14, 2019
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
University of Texas
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Presentation - representation of the particular way in which an author shows, describes or explains one or more concepts, e.g., a set of Powerpoint slides.
Contact Person(s): 
Sunita Patterson
Contact Organization(s): 
Department of Scientific Publication, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Data professional
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Research scientist
Undergraduate student
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
Up to 1 hour