Use infographics for fast info sharing


In her newly designed course on the Human Dimensions of Disasters, Dr. Robin Cox, Program Head of the Disaster and Management Program and Professor in the School of Humanitarian Studies, assigned her students a final assignment that required them to synthesize what they have learned in the course in an infographic. Infographics combine visuals, data, and text to tell a complex and important story at a glance. They display information visually in a clear, structured and attention grabbing way.  As an example, the image above is part of an infographic on the World Food Programme site.

The assignment was designed as a knowledge mobilization activity. Each student was invited to reflect on their key learnings regarding social vulnerability and resilience in disasters and then to translate that learning for a specific professional audience of relevance in their real lives and careers. To help students visualize the possibilities of infographics, Robin worked with Sarah Fletcher, a doctoral student from the University of Victoria to create an infographic-version of her course outline.

Students used free infographic development tools like Easelly or Pictochart to create content-rich and visually stunning work.

Robin also led the initiative to create this RRU LibGuide which instructors can share with students to support them in creating infographics.

Interested in using new learning tools in your course?  Visit the Learning Technologies section of the CTET site to browse tools, then contact STUDIO to help you to get started!

This article was originally created by Yasmien Mills.