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2014-2015 Workshops: Infographics

Infographic on Infographics

AKA: 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.

 

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

Infographic Assignment Rubric

Fun Facts

Fun Facts About Infographics

  • Every day infographic production increases by 1%.
  • Over 15 million search results will be generated for the term "infographics" on Google.
  • Usage of visualized information has increased by 400% since 1990.
  • The usage of visualized data has been enhanced by 9900% on the internet since 2007.

Components of an Infographic

Infographics can be broken into these main components:

  • Visual (colors and graphics)
  • Content (data, statistics and/or facts)
  • Knowledge (analysis or insight into the data)

Why are Infographics so Popular?

For some of the same reasons they have been popular with journalists (i.e., USA Today) and businesses, infographics are seeing more widespread use among educators.

  • Can be created for any field of study or on any topic.
  • Final product is attractive and engaging.
  • Feeds into the natural tendency to learn by seeing and interacting.
  • Allows one to present complex information quickly and clearly.
  • Chunks content into digestible bites.
  • Can be interactive, so users can link to additional information outside the graphic itself.
  • Can easily be embedded into other sites (i.e., ulearn, etc.).
  • Shows an expert understanding of a subject.

Why use Infographics for Assignments?

  • Allows students to be creative.
  • Requires students to do research (i.e., meets information literacy requirements).
  • Requires students to analyze, interpret and evaluate information.
  • May help students better understand complex topics, concepts and ideas.
  • Teaches students to how communicate information visually (charts, graphs, etc).
  • Teaches students visual, information, technology literacies. 

Assignment Ideas & Examples

More Examples

Infographics are very popular with journalists (i.e., USA Today) and businesses, but can be created for any field of industry and study. More and more they are being used by educators.