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eLCC: Making Assignments Visual: Infographics

Infographic on Infographics

Infographics or Information graphics. Defined as a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture.

Infographic Assignments

Infographics are seeing more widespread use among educators. Infographics make great assignments for the following reasons: 

  • Can be created for any field of study or topic.
  • Allows for creativity. 
  • Teaches visual literacies: 
    • Requires communication of information visually via charts, graphs, images, graphics, etc.
  • May help students better understand complex topics and concepts.
  • Teaches information literacy skills: 
    • Requires research.
    • Requires analysis, interpretation and evaluation of information.
  • Teaches students technology literacies. 

Other benefits include: 

  • Allows students to show an expert understanding of a subject.
  • Allows students to present complex information quickly and clearly as infographics tend to chunks content into digestible bites.
  • A final product that is attractive and engaging.
  • Feeds into the natural tendency for others to learn by seeing and interacting.
  • Can be interactive, so users can link to additional information outside the graphic itself.
  • Can easily be embedded into other sites (i.e., LMS, social media, etc.).

Infographic Assignment Rubric

Components of an Infographic

Infographics can be broken into three main components:
  • Visual (colors and graphics)
  • Content (data, statistics and/or facts)
  • Knowledge (analysis or insight into the data)

Assignment Ideas & Examples

Freeware

The sites listed below require you to register for a free account. If you want access to enhanced templates and tools, all offer pricing plans to upgrade your account.

Source: http://www.coolinfographics.com/