I had to attend a university event for an assignment for a course. I picked this event because I thought it would be helpful to me, but I didn't put too much thought into my selection. Now that I've attended, I'm glad I chose the event. It was interesting and helpful and I was happily surprised that I wasn't bored.
This was an excellent session. Jess Mitchell did a great job of bringing up topics that more educators need to think through with inclusive design. But I especially like the points that there are often no "one-size fits all" answers with inclusive design. There are often many answers and perspectives that need to be taken into account. Sometimes these perspectives are in disagreement with each other. Lots of food for thought in this session.
The Data Visualization Across Different Media presented by Peace Ossom Williamson was an excellent introduction into the subject of graphic data presentation. Ms. Williams demonstrated a deep knowledge, understanding, and experience in presenting data in a visual format.
In fact, her presentation was great example of the key concepts. She presented the information in a clear, well thought out, and precise manner. She addressed perceptual cognitive tendencies and then went on to basic design principles. From there, she elaborated upon various formats, tools, and their respective merits. Ultimately, Ms. Williams brought together her knowledge, use of media, examples, and her own experience to provide a one-stop introduction to this subject that left one with a feeling of understanding as well as a desire to know more.