Sometimes, it is easier to have a structured way of learning a new skill rather than randomly clicking through.

The two courses below are offered on Coursera.  The lessons are free to audit but to be able to get credit and a certificate, there is a fee. Again, you can audit (view videos, listen to lessons, read articles, etc.) for free, but if you want formal credit (skill assessed through quizzes and projects), you will have to pay the course fee as listed on the website. There are other courses where auditing is not possible.



u of i

Data Visualization by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Per the course description: Learn the general concepts of data mining along with basic methodologies and applications. Then dive into one subfield in data mining: pattern discovery. Learn in-depth concepts, methods, and applications of pattern discovery in data mining. We will also introduce methods for pattern-based classification and some interesting applications of pattern discovery. This course provides you the opportunity to learn skills and content to practice and engage in scalable pattern discovery methods on massive transactional data, discuss pattern evaluation measures, and study methods for mining diverse kinds of patterns, sequential patterns, and sub-graph patterns.

duke Data Visualization and Communication with Tableau by Duke University

This course is 5 weeks long (6-8 hours per week) and focuses on creating “data stories” based on business-tested models and design principles.

lyndalynda tableau list

Here is a playlist with 2 short Tableau courses recommended by Angela Zoss, Duke’s Data Visualization Coordinator.

If you search for Tableau on, there almost 400 other courses to explore on Lynda alone!