Instructor: Jessamyn West
Semester/Year: Summer 2017
Phone: 508-415-9074 (texting preferred)
Skype: iamthebestartist
Email: ( forwards to this)
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:30 HST Any other day by appointment (email/skype/phone/Slack)
My Time Zone: EDT (six hours later than HST)
Course website:

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This session will be broken down into themed weeks, all of which will help prepare students for their final project: an advocacy plan on a subject of the students' choosing, incorporating statistics, stories, research and design. There will be reading and writing assignments every week. All Write assignments are 200-400 word essays about the given prompt(s), sent directly to me, due by midnight Friday. All Share topics will be discussions which take place asynchronously in the course Slack channel. Topics will go up on Tuesday and students are expected to contribute to the discussion.

This is a textual outline of what the semester will look like. Print syllabus is here. This web page is considered the authoritative syllabus. An email at the beginning of each week will outline the week's work.

Week 1 - Intros, outlines, choosing topics

Week 2 - Research

Week 3 - Assembling Data

  • Make - A few useful statistics about your own topic, shared with the class on this Google document.
  • Research - Compile a source list for good places to learn about your topic statistically.
  • Read - How to Talk Back to a Statistic (Chapter Ten of How to Lie with Statistics), Action Plan chapter (pp 101-112) from Lankes' Expect more book (on the readings page linked up top)
  • Write - Think of a notable statistic that you remember. It could be one you heard recently. Explain the effect it's had on your thinking about that topic.
  • Share - Discussion of the week's readings, mid-semester check-in

Week 4 - Telling stories

Week 5 - Social Media & Design

Week 6 - Finishing Touches, Peer Review & Evaluation