After a brief introduction and overview demo, we kicked off the hands-on portion where students would create a custom data visualization application from start to finish. I was a bit skeptical about how much they would grasp compared to our more experienced customers in the business world. So I decided to time how long it took while my colleague led the exercise. Much to my surprise, the entire class completed their first ‘Qlik app’ in 18 minutes! The combined data from six different sources was loaded into the visually appealing and interactive application below:
The students were pretty blown away and I loved hearing their oohs and ahhs and even a “dude, this is really slick!” exclamation. We then took it to the next level and introduced dynamic search, multi-layer mapping and advanced natural language analytics via the Narratives for Qlik extension. The end result was a highly successful class (which ended 45 minutes early) and I had numerous students approach me afterwards about how they can apply this to their home and business life.
Looking back on the experience, my colleague and I didn’t just teach others, we also learned a lot ourselves. Our three key takeaways included:
These lessons learned don’t just apply to teaching MBA students – they also apply to teaching 1st graders! Last year, I had the opportunity to present the concept of data visualization to my daughter’s 1st grade class. I won’t go into detail now but you can read the blog post here and find many similar insights.Thanks for reading and if you are in the academic world and interested in leveraging Qlik software for your classroom as a student or professor, be sure to check out the Qlik Academic Program