About this project
Why do you need to learn data science?
(Here are some reasons)
Truth is, most people will need to know how to think about data and use it to stay relevant in their fields and make a bigger impact!
Why are we teaching data science?
We could have chosen any topic to teach with our online platform - here's why we started with data science:
1. There is a lack of practical data analysis skills training for business professionals.
2. Data science creates new opportunities and helps individuals make better decisions in almost every field.
3. We want to make the maximum impact on the world - by teaching people a new way of thinking, they'll have the tools they need to make big changes.
4. There's nothing that data doesn't touch - data analysis skills will become essential to stay relevant.
What is this 'data science' business anyways and how does it interact with our world? Data scientist Harlan Harris will tell you in an excerpt from our introductory course:
So what is the value of data? Here is an excerpt from our Data Science for Business Managers course that will walk you through the massive impact that data analytics can have on your business:
Why Data Society?
We eliminate the barrier to entry by focusing on the student's needs. We believe that the instructor is the key component to make explanations and use cases clear so the student can apply their new knowledge quickly.
People have very little time to spend to learn something new. Education needs to be practical - by the end of a course you should know exactly how to use what you learned. And education should be entertaining and enjoyable! With the ability to reach a global audience through one platform, high quality training should also be affordable. Data Society is addressing all these needs!
How are we different?
Most online courses:
1. Teach theory or are too advanced for beginners.
2. Only provide videos without additional materials, such as reference guides or reusable templates.
3. Are dependent on one instructor to create content.
4. Are not built with instructional design from the ground up.
We've solved those problems!
All our courses are modular, so you can learn the skills you need when you need them, anytime, anywhere. Pick up a new visualization technique on your lunch break or run through a whole course in a weekend. Practice your skills with our exercises and build up your portfolio. Download our reference guides and templates so you have the tools you need at your fingertips. It's what online education should be.
So what is this 'R' tool everyone is talking about? We walk you through what it is and how you can get it onto your computer.
Know how to use R and want to try something cool? Check out this excerpt from our Interactive Visualizations course:
Remember, it's not just these videos that you'll have access to - we also provide downloadable reference guides, R templates, practice exercises, and concept reviews so you'll be able to expand your skills to the field that you're in. Plus, forums, jobs, data sets, and plenty of additional resources on our site!
Buy one = give one!
Differences in income levels should not have to result in educational deficits. Education is the universal equalizer. Practical, powerful skills are the way to bridge the gap in opportunity and standard of living. This is why we are partnering with non-profits to help those who need help the most. For every membership purchased through Kickstarter, we will give a scholarship to someone in need, so that they can learn for free! Check out our non-profit partner, Byte Back.
Data Society members are data experts and enthusiasts who share knowledge, insights, and solutions with a global community. We envision a society where data science ignites conversations and collaboration across fields to solve problems we experience every day.
Our group of educators and data scientists is a winning combination!
Help us raise the standard for online education
We've spent the past year perfecting our process for creating practical, intuitive courses and have released 3 programs for you to begin your learning journey, but we still need your help. We have a full curriculum planned to help our members learn how to use data science in their current jobs, but it's going to take a lot more work to get it all done. Your contributions will help us recruit top data science experts to create materials and cover production costs.
Who Should Support Data Society?
We have built up an amazing network in DC and globally, and you can help us expand it even more. If you want to learn data analysis skills, join a community that is passionate about solving problems, or help others get back into the workforce, become a member and support us! We are passionate about teaching everyone these in-demand skills to empower the workforce.
Finally, a big thank you to our friends and family who have supported us over the past year, and continue to encourage us as we build our courses and community education platform. Without you, we wouldn't be here (seriously, Mom and Dad, we literally wouldn't be here).
Risks and challenges
We manage our team and produce our content locally, but filming of the courses could be delayed due to instructor availability. We curate the best instructors to teach our courses, and they have demanding schedules.
While we don't expect these delays to happen, should they occur, we will extend memberships to backers until all of the coursework is available while still giving them access to the existing live content.
Our biggest risk is not growing the member base fast enough. Every member who joins adds value to the community and helps others learn and improve their data science skills.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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