Making Tools More Learner-Friendly

I often advise learners to be careful with what tools they choose to spend time learning. Some powerful ones have steep learning curves, full of jargon and technical hurdles. Others are simple and self-explanatory, but can’t do more than one thing. I’ve been trying to find better ways to connect with tool builders and talk to them about how they need to build learner-centered tools.

Catherine D’Ignazio and I put these thoughts together into a talk for OpenVisConf this year. This is a super-dorky conference for data viz professionals… just the place to find more tool builders to talk to! We put together an argument that data visualization tool as informal learning spaces. Watch the video below: