Infographics and Course Assignments

Infographics combines “information” and “graphics”; it allows using visual presentations to communicate simple or sophisticated concepts. TIMES magazine – based on the Pew Research Center data – has created this infographics to illustrate “Is College Worth it?”.  The design and use of text, images, colors and layout make the data-intensive presentation straightforward for public audience.

Infographic assignments offer an alternative to traditional writing assignments, and are gradually gaining attention in higher education.  Online Infographic tools provide hundreds of templates and theme categories, removing technology and design barriers for students. Students can focus on content and data selection in communicating concepts and viewpoints (EDUCAUSE, 2013).  This blog, hosted by College of William & Mary, details why and how to design such assignments.

At R-MC, we have obtained trial licenses for the tool Venngage. Currently two faculty members are testing to integrate it into courses. A future Library blog will share their experiences.  The free version requires creating user account and gives access to many design templates. It does not allow final work to be saved as PDF.

 

 

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