Bias in Big Data & Algorithms

How did a data void cause the flat earth conspiracy to become popular on YouTube? Why does it matter if my online experience is different from someone else’s?

You probably hear the term “big data” all the time, but do you actually know what it means? In this course, you’ll learn all about data: what it is, how you interact with it online, and how to analyze it. You’ll even get practice in creating data!

course duration icon 6 Hours
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
What data is and how you interact with data online   Learn key skills in data literacy
Explore the meaning of “big data” and what it means to be "data literate" today.   Understand how you make data and identify the impacts it may have on society.
Explore how data can be biased   Practice evaluating and creating your own data
From search engines to privacy concerns, learn how biases are expressed in data.   Practice making a "mini-algorithm" based off your own social media profile(s) and discover what conclusions you might make about yourself.


  • Big Data, Little Data
  • How Do you Address Online Data in Your Learning Environment?
  • Why is Data So Important?
  • How Do I Interact with Data Online?
  • Practice: Your Recommendation Profile
  • How Do I Interact with Data Online? Part Two.
  • YouTube Algorithms
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Evaluating Online Information and Evaluating Online Tools micro-credentials. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.  

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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