Storytelling with Data


With the exponential growth of data in all aspects of our lives, the need to develop a meaningful narrative with the data is key to effective communication of findings. In this course (INF2203H — Storytelling with Data), we will combine the art of storytelling with data science to develop an engaging and impactful narrative from data. Students will then choose datasets to work on as their project and explore the data to find the insights required to develop their stories. The project can be in any area of interest such as information systems, public policy, business where they have access to the required public data. The students can use their own datasets or use sources introduced by the instructor. This part requires prior experience with data science (INF1340) or programming in Python or R. Additionally, we will review a visualization tool (Tableau) and discuss considerations in choosing the right visuals. Once the initial exploration is done, students will work on explanation and developing an engaging narrative based on their findings. In this part, we will learn how leaders like TED and Pixar create their stories to engage the audience. We also incorporate learnings from design thinking to present possible solutions to the problems identified and to deliver to the stakeholders. At the end, the students will present their data stories to the class.

Pre-requisite Course(s):  INF1340H: Programming for Data Science

Notes:  Previously INF2400H: Special Topics in Information: Storytelling with Data. It is a regular course effective September 1, 2021