I teach a few courses at BCIT and Tableau is one of them. We have created and, so far, successfully run our Tableau Course for the last 5 terms. We started out by making it a 6-week, 1.5 credit course. However students provided us feedback and many of them suggested it felt rushed and would prefer a longer duration, so in the recent terms we’ve decided to make it a full-blown 12-week, 6 credit course. This course is fast becoming one of our popular courses, catering 15-20 students per section. Next term we are running two sections. We may look at running more in the future, if the demand keeps up.
The students taking this course have also come from a wide range of backgrounds – although many of them are working professionals looking to expand their analytics exposure, or even looking to change careers. We’ve had students with backgrounds in accounting, hotel management, retail, IT, healthcare, banking and finance, insurance, etc.
The two highest points for me in this course are the second and last classes.
The second class is when I introduce Tableau to them. The look of amazement in each student when they see and experience Tableau for the first time is priceless. I am sure I can relate; when I first saw Tableau, it was like magic.
In the last class, the students get to do final presentations.
New to Tableau? Or been working with it for a while but find yourself clicking on that back button a little bit too often? Tableau is a great tool for visualization, and it’s easy to use and start playing with. However, it also comes with a few quirks that might catch you offguard. The good thing is, the Tableau community is flourishing. It is easier to find help now than it was a few years ago. There are also already a few books out if you wanted to immerse yourself in Tableau (besides working with the tool and reading the online help).
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading 5 things I wish I knew about Tableau when I started by The Information Lab.
Here are a few more tricks you can use to save yourself some time when working with Tableau:
Before the day even started, I was greeted with an email that starts with:
Welcome to the Tableau Conference, we are thrilled to have you. You are part of an elite bunch! Of the 5200 customers in attendance, you are one of 30 Tableau Certified Professionals.
Needless to say, I already felt awesome even before the conference kicked off. Here’s what was waiting for us.
A wall in the data lounge listing the 30 Tableau Certified Professionals who are attending the conference:
New meetup group UBCTUG
Discover new insights and patterns about your data.
Geek out with other data geeks who want to get the most of their data. See why Tableau rocks.
Although this is a UBC-specific group (open to faculty, staff, students) and meetings will typically be held at the Point Grey (Vancouver) Campus, we also welcome anybody who is interested in visualizing and exploring their data and creating dashboards with Tableau.
Learn. Inspire. Share.
Received my certificate in my mailbox!