Making Sense of Data in the Media

Mark Taylor, The University of Sheffield

Improve your data literacy and learn how to spot misleading statistics

“We are bombarded with media statistics every day, but how much of this data is reliable?

On this course, you’ll learn how to read and evaluate data in the media and how to stay alert to misleading statistics and fake news.

You’ll find out how data is created, and how survey formats can affect outcomes.

You’ll also learn the basic principles of data analysis, such as correlation and causation and margins of sampling error.

Ultimately, assessing data and looking for intentionally or unintentionally misleading statistics will help you become a better-informed citizen.

This course is suitable for anyone looking to improve their data literacy.

The course will also be useful to those studying or considering studying data-focused social science subjects.

Dates:
  • 7 September 2020
  • 6 July 2020
  • 23 March 2020
  • 20 January 2020
  • 1 July 2019
  • 21 January 2019
  • 15 October 2018
  • 2 July 2018
  • 6 November 2017
  • 8 February 2016
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  • Language: English Gb

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