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DavidsonX Courses and Recorded Workshops

Self-paced learning opportunities in Communication, Analytics, and Technology.

Communication, analytics, and technology workshops

These recorded workshops and courses are offered through The Hurt Hub@Davidson to help you succeed in both academic and professional endeavors. Visit our DavidsonX page for the complete selection of courses.

Upcoming workshops

Tuesday 3∙31∙20
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Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Instructors:
Che Smith, Math & Computer Science with Dan Murphy, Owen Bezick, Malcolm McCabe, and Patrick Kelly
Do you want to learn how to analyze text as data? In this March Madness themed workshop, you will learn how to use Python to transform a closed-caption transcript of an NCAA tournament game into interesting insights using Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques, driven by high-powered analytics and data visualization.

Analyzing and Visualizing Data With Power BI

Instructor:

Pete Benbow, Manager of Data Operations, T&I

Power BI is a robust business analytics and visualization tool from Microsoft that helps data professionals bring their data to life and tell more meaningful stores.

This four-week course is a beginner’s guide to working with data in Power BI and is perfect for professionals. You’ll become confident in working with data, creating data visualizations, and preparing reports and dashboards.

Take this course if you are a:

  • Beginner level data professional

  • Student, Researcher, or Academic

  • Marketing analyst, business and data analyst, or financial analyst

The audit track of this DavidsonX course is free to all. Davidson College students can gain free access to the certification track by contacting the Hurt Hub.

Take the Power BI DavidsonX course.

Excel for Beginners

Instructor:

Kevin Smith, Biology

Mastering a basic skills in Excel will open the door to new opportunities, jobs, and more advanced skills that can help you be more efficient in your work or advance your career in your current or a future position. Come join us and reduce barriers to working with Excel! Audit Access is available free to everyone and Davidson College students may contact the Hurt Hub to gain free access to the Certification Track. Take the excel DavidsonX course. 

Applied Storytelling

Instructor:

Steve Kaliski,  Davidson Community Players

In this Applied Storytelling course, you will learn how to integrate this foundational human skill more powerfully into your career. Over the course of 4 self-paced weeks, you will train in vocal and physical performance techniques that will support your public speaking; you will engage in all the different types of story that shape our professional world; you will learn how to tell a story and practice in scenarios including digital storytelling and oral storytelling that will help launch or advance your career goals as a storytelling practitioner; and you will understand how to implement best practices of storytelling to enliven the day-to-day of your job.

This DavidsonX course is free to everyone through the audit track. Davidson College students make access the free certification course by contacting the Hurt Hub.

Take the Applied Storytelling Course.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Workshop

Instructors:
Che Smith, Math & Computer Science with Dan Murphy, Owen Bezick, Malcolm McCabe, and Patrick Kelly

Do you want to learn how to analyze text as data? In this March Madness themed workshop, you will learn how to use Python to transform a closed-caption transcript of an NCAA tournament game into interesting insights using Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques, driven by high-powered analytics and data visualization.

Telling Stories With Data Using R Workshop

Instructor:

Laurie Heyer, Math & Computer Science

Journalists are telling the story of the COVID-19 pandemic with stunningly informative maps and charts. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to load spreadsheet data into the free and powerful data science software called R, and make your own maps and charts, similar to those you see in the New York Times. No matter what your field of study or work, you can benefit from better charts and graphs!

Intro To Data Visualization In Tableau Workshop

Instructor:

Pete Benbow, Data Operations Manager, T&I

Power BI and Tableau are the two most in-demand tools for analytics and business intelligence. In this session, learn how to connect Tableau Public (free) to your data and build stunning data visualizations.

AFTER THE WORKSHOP: check out this LinkedIn Learning Collection, and download the Exercise file.

WordPress Essentials Workshop

Instructor:

Sundi Richard, Assistant Director for Digital Learning

In this introduction to WordPress, we’ll look at the basic building blocks of WordPress, learn how to work with the Gutenberg editor, custom CSS within a theme, and utilize plugins, to make your WordPress site look and function the way you intend. Please come with a WordPress site you want to work on. If you are a Davidson student or faculty member, please check out this documentation on setting up a Davidson Domain, creating a subdomain, and installing WordPress. If you are not a Davidson student or faculty, you can set up a WordPress site at https://wordpress.com/start/user.

Adobe Illustrator Basics Workshop

Instructor:

Brooklyn Madding, Freelance graphic designer at the Hurt Hub@Davidson

BEFORE THE WORKSHOP: Download the Project Files and install the fonts linked from this workshop guide. Davidson participants, you may activate Adobe Creative Cloud from off campus. Non-Davidson participants need their own licensed or trial version of Adobe Illustrator.

Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, by creating a text-based logo and Instagram Stories post. We will cover the basics of setting up documents, how to use fundamental drawing and editing features, and dive into some tricks, tips and fun ways to make the most of the program. No previous Illustrator experience is required.

Introduction To Twine

Instructor:

Mark Sample, Digital Studies

Twine is an open-source tool for creating interactive, branching-path narratives. It’s a popular game development platform in the indie game community, and easy to learn, even with no programming experience. This introduction will teach you everything you need to know to get started with this exciting digital storytelling tool. To see examples of Twine in action, check out Cactus Blue Motel or scarfmemory. And if you have a lot of time on your hands, play Will Not Let Me Go.

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