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Data Exploring

and Storytelling

Maximise the use of data in your role by learning how to tell powerful stories.

Quick facts


10 hours over
3 weeks


100% online

Course type

Short Course

Next intake

TBC 2021

PD Hours

10 PD hours


Course delivered in English

Course Overview

Effective data visualisation is a crucial step in data analysis, turning trends and patterns into key insights. AusIMM’s upcoming course Data Exploring and Storytelling will help you to successfully communicate data found in your everyday role, turning it into powerful stories to support and guide business decisions.

Powered by content from Stanford | Online, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to speak the language of data and tell powerful stories with it.

Everyone who successfully navigates this three week course will receive certification of this achievement with recognition from Stanford | Online and the Mining 4.0 Academy.


Module 2 changed my life: the adaptive mindset. Now I understand adaptability is key to the engine of change and this can be embraced by everybody who want to sail in the seas of challenges. We can learn to be adaptable. Extraordinary course!

Most immersive and engaging course I have ever done.

Terrific course, exceeded my expectations and I am motivated to put this into action!

Learning objectives

  • Build data exploration skills in collecting and cleaning data
  • Identify opportunities as a data explorer and storyteller within your role
  • Explore what makes an effective/powerful data story and visualisation through business cases and iconic examples
  • Understand how valuable the skills of data exploring and storytelling are
  • Assess contemporary and historic techniques of data storytelling
  • Apply data story telling skills to create powerful data visualisations

Course pricing

Member $596

Non-member $745

+ GST (for Australian based participants)

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The three week course is a collaborative, hands-on online learning experience, taking learners approximately 10 hours to complete. Please note the live sessions are not mandatory, the webinar will be recorded and available on the same day for participants who are unable to attend the live event. Course content includes:

  • Short, bite-sized videos
  • Live webinar
  • Team project
  • Live discussion

Data exploring/storytelling – what is it?

Module 1

The power of data driven storytelling

Module 2

Collecting and cleaning data

Module 3

Patterns, visuals and the power of storytelling

Mining industry professionals

Invest in your future and build new competencies.

Aspiring leaders

Work towards the next step in your career by developing your analytical skills.

Those in decision making roles

Make impactful data led decisions for you and your team.

Xavier Ho
Monash University

Xavier Ho is a hybrid design and software practitioner-researcher appointed at Monash Art, Design and Architecture. He led the Graph Visualisation Engineering team at CSIRO designing visualisations for machine learning on networked data. He also served as an individual contributor for UX design and scientific visualisation. His most notable contribution was for trailblazing the web version of Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), which was then recommended by the Office of Northern Australia, and won the Australian Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

He has over seven years of industry experience in co-designing interactive data visualisation tools for research, government, businesses, and the everyday citizen. He was the lead front-end engineer on CSIRO's early algal bloom detection tool, and CSIRO Data61's Graincast, a grains yield forecasting platform. He served as a major working committee member of Pride@CSIRO, whose work was recognised by the inaugural CSIRO Diversity and Inclusion Medal by raising awareness and making institutional changes for LGBT+ equality at CSIRO.
Xavier Ho

What are the technical requirements to participate in the course? i.e. do I need a webcam, microphone, etc?
The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based platform called Cahoot which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. They will not be required to download any software and will not require any hardware like a webcam or microphone.

How long will the course take?
The entire course will run over three weeks. It is expected that participants will take about eight hours to finish the entire course. This includes attendance at live webinars and completion of all learning activities.

Must a participant complete and pass all modules in order to finish the course?
Yes, it is a requirement for participants to complete all modules and pass all learning activities.

Can a participant sign up for only one or two modules?
Unfortunately no, the course must be completed in its entirety.

Will the course be delivered in other languages?
At the moment, no, but we will be looking at delivering the course in other languages in the near future.

AusIMM is proud to be collaborating with Cahoot Learning to deliver this course.

Cahoot Learning has been at the forefront of delivering engaging and impactful professional development online for the past 15 years to 1,600,000 professionals in 123 countries. Its unique and effective learning model based on relationship and collaboration has been honed through working with world leading learning institutions such as Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development and the MIT Professional Education.

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