Bias in Big Data & Algorithms

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!

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course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
What data is and how you interact with data online   Learn key skills in data literacy
Explore qualitative vs quantitative data, and the meaning of “big data.”   Understand how data works and how you can change some of your data settings.
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.   Analyze conclusions from data and make your own data set.


  • Big Data, Little Data
  • Why is data so important?
  • Garbage in, garbage out.
  • How do I interact with data online?
  • Data & Misinformation
  • Make & Share: Make Your Own Data Set
  • Lesson Plan: Data literacy with students
Micro-credential Connection

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 digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use 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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