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Visualizing Awareness and Impact: An Exploration of Free Online Infographic Tools

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Presenter(s)
Javier Leung (University of Missouri, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 11:20am
Track: 
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Areas of Special Interest: 
None of the above
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
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Plaza Court 8
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Session: 
Information Session 6
Abstract

Carefully designing service-learning activities plays a critical role in student reflection. However, how do you communicate its benefits to students? Infographics can attract their attention.

Extended Abstract

Presentation Description

Service-learning is method of teaching that integrates classroom theory with meaningful experiential learning. Although instructors carefully plan the integration of service-learning activities in their classrooms, it is often difficult to attract students in courses designated as service-learning, civic engagement, or community work. For this particular reason, instructors need to find alternative methods to communicate with students who are constantly bombarded with information. By communicating information in a visual format, or through infographics, instructors will be able to communicate the "bottom line" of the benefits of their service-learning courses.

By the end of the presentation session, attendees will be able to:

1. Find free online infographic tools
2. Explore examples of infographics by non-profit, educational, and research organizations
3. Apply principles of visual design and content organization to research data

Presentation Description

Researchers at UC San Diego estimated that global information consumption exceeds 9.57 zettabytes per year in 2011. That is, 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information is processed and consumed by servers and consumers. This number represents 5.6 billion miles from Earth to Neptune. Although information consumption doubles nearly every two years, research shows that the continued exposure to violence in mass media results in desensitization by undermining feelings of concern, empathy, and sympathy.

If we want to be effective in creating awareness of social justice, we need to find creative ways to communicate in this visual age. Infographics are a great way to make complex data simple to grasp. Although humans have selective perception, infographics can be used as a data visualization strategy to communicate the bottom line of community initiatives along with case studies and research papers. Imagine the possibilities of having infographics to be shared with your students to create empathy about social issues, faculty peers to create adoption opportunities of service-learning at institutions, and administration to validate the efforts of faculty, students, and community partners.

Presentation Strategies

The presentation consists of two parts:

The first part provides an introduction to online infographic tools for non-graphic designers. The presentation starts with a polling question about how information is consumed today. This will serve as a segway to introduce information consumption and provide examples of how infographics can communicate critical information both visually and quantitatively. Infographic examples are from non-profit and educational organizations.

The second part of the presentation is application-based by taking an existing service-learning case study, identifying key components, and applying visual design in order to build an infographic. The remainder of the presentation will be dedicated to answer questions.

Lead Presenter

Javier is an Instructional Designer and e-Learning Developer. Javier's interests are web-editing and video/audio software, instructional pedagogies, learning management systems, social media, mobile learning, and emerging technologies. He is currently working on his PhD. in Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.