Infographics – using gapminder in teaching

Posted by Dr Jenny Koenig, 10th June 2013.

You may have seen some Ted talks by Hans Rosling where he uses some

fascinating graphics to illustrate data. I’ve included links to a few at the end of this post and thoroughly recommend them  even though the latter two are getting a little old now. But we warned, you could find that time slips away…

The Gapminder software that Hans Rosling uses is available for teaching along with many datasets. There are also plenty of lesson plans. The datasets range from biomedical eg disease prevalence, mortality rates to environmental eg forest coverage, number affected by drought and can be downloaded as Excel spreadsheet files or visualised using gapminder. There are also lots of videos including an hour long “The Joys of Stats.”

I would be really interested to know if anyone uses Gapminder in teaching statistics. It strikes me as a good “hook” to get students interested. Do feel free to add comments below.

About JennyAKoenig

I am Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology at the University of Nottingham. My interests are: maths education for bioscientists, study skills for scientists with specific learning difficulties and pharmacology: bringing the science behind how medicines work (or don't!) to a wider audience. I have a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney. I have taught maths and pharmacology to science, medical and veterinary students at University and biology, chemistry, physics and maths at a large comprehensive secondary school.
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