The other day, I received an e-mail from a college professor about a free massive online class on infographics and data visualization, taught by expert Alberto Cairo, a University of Miami professor. The course wasn’t offered through University of Miami, but as the first massive open online course offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, based at the University of Texas in Austin.
To get in the six-week course, students don’t need to apply or be selected. If you have an Internet connection, you’re in, and there’s no limit to the number of students in your class. But it offers an extra credential for those who participate and meet course requirements — a certificate (for $20) to show employers or add to your resume.