IRE’s popular NICAR Course Packs will be fully updated for the latest versions of Excel on PC and Mac, plus a new Google Sheets edition, for use in fall 2020 classes.

NICAR Course Packs contain everything instructors need to teach an introductory data journalism class in spreadsheets. Materials for students include hands-on exercises, more than 15 real-world datasets and tips to help them learn data skills. In addition, educators receive a teaching guide with instructions for each lesson, plus teaching tips from IRE trainers learned over many years of hands-on training. The course packs cover about two to three weeks of class time.

The Course Packs can be used for classes taught in person, online, or in hybrid formats many colleges are considering during the pandemic.

NICAR Courses were launched in 2014 and have been used to teach more than 1,000 students. The Course Packs previously were available for Excel (PC and Mac). 

New this year is a version for teaching and learning using Google Sheets, a free spreadsheet program increasingly taught in schools and used by journalists. 

The updated Excel and new Google Sheets Course Packs will be available by the end of July. Course Packs are free for instructors and $20 for students.

Educators can sign up here to be notified when Course Packs are ready, to receive a preview of the courses, and/or to give input on other data skills you would like to see available in course packs as IRE continues to build this program.