HETUG February 2024: Hear the buzz about conferences, and pre-attentively see some data

Higher Education Tableau User Group

Feb 13, 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Meet Justin Boone, who has buzzed from student to student trainer to IT at Georgia Tech; hear the buzz about Higher Ed conferences; and learn what the buzz around pre-attentive attributes is all about, including how they can help take some of the sting out of consuming data!

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About this event


Log in, grab a treat, and take a comfortable seat.

Meet a Community Member

Justin Boone (Georgia Tech)

In the last decade or so, Justin has buzzed from a Masters in math to the Peer Tutoring Programs and most recently, built a hive in IT, all at GT. Find out how he uses, learns, and enables Tableau development!

Conference Buzz!

Speakers TBD

With the winter freeze solidly in place, the Higher Education Tableau user looks to conferences to help, as the Waitresses say, "get this winter over with!" But there are so many conferences out there (and often, so limited a budget), that it's hard to tell what's worth trying to make the case for.

We're going to showcase a few conferences in the Higher Ed realm, some new (Research Analytics Summit), some well-established (EDUCAUSE); some regional NCAIR, some national (AIR); and of course, some Tableau (we are the Higher Ed Tableau User Group).

While our goal is to help you learn what's out there, in writing up this description, we started to realize that we may actually be creating some FOMO. For that, we apologize in advance...and speaking of advance(ment), there's also DRIVE/.

List of Conferences

POSTPONED: Pre-attentive Attributes: Prep to Dashboard

Roshni Gohil (MIT)

Every once in a while, we like to go back to basics. If you're a long-time HETUG attendee, you may remember back in August 2022, Jenn Schilling presented on some data viz best practices, hitting on pre-attentive attributes and how they impact how users "see" a data visualization.

A refresher never hurts, but this time around, we're going to add a twist. We'll also do a deep-dive (well, as deep as we can get in ~30 minutes; good thing Roshni talks fast) into a workbook that demos pre-attentive attributes, from the Prep Flow to build out the data to the final dashboard, learning a bit about parameter actions, custom shapes, image roles, and who knows that else along the way.

Wrap-up and Chat

We'll close out the meeting with info about our next HETUG meeting, and then open up breakout rooms to chat! (Chat may extend past 4:30pm Eastern.)

Can't get enough HETUG?

Want to present?

Have a quick tip to share? A longer presentation? Want us to interview you in our Meet a Community Member segment? We want to hear from you!

Present at HETUG!

Join the conversation on Slack!

Want to chat with other HETUG members? Have a Tableau question? Want a sounding board? We've got a Slack space for that.

Register with an .edu or other Higher Ed email address.

Go to HETUG Slack!

Have questions about HETUG?

Contact the HETUG co-leads in the #higher_ed_tug Slack channel, or email us at higheredtug@gmail.com.


  • Roshni Gohil


    User Group Ambassador

  • Virginia Moench

    Appalachian State University

    User Group Leader

  • Andrew Drinkwater

    Plaid Analytics

    User Group Leader

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