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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Democratization of Graphic Design in Education: Infographics and Web 2.0 Sites

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The means of production for creating engaging and memorable infographics has become democratized with the development of infographic-specific composition websites like Easil.ly and Piktochart. These web 2.0 sites enable learners and instructors, who may be novices at graphic design, to produce compelling infographics without sophisticated software training or education in design principles.

As a result, a non-graphic design student can transfer his or her specialized knowledge or research into an infographic that can accompany more detailed artifacts, like research essays. As writing becomes more visually constructed, it benefits students to develop basic visual design skills in an academic context.

My examples will come from business writing, but the utility of an infographic in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities will also be detailed. The content of the presentation will be particularly useful for instructors with students who want to present at conferences because a simply-designed infographic can provide attendees with an easy-to-recall takeaway amid the information overload. Likewise, as students move on to job searches that involve technical presentations, a demonstrated understanding of how to visually simplify complex data can matter.

The presentation objectives are 1) to illustrate how infographics can complement a wide variety of student artifacts, 2) to demonstrate potential infographic maker websites, and 3) to ask attendees to reflect on what information in their field would benefit from a visual form—in a small group setting, then in a larger group.

The presentation will include time for attendees to either research infographic examples or to try one of the infographic websites.


Saturday March 21, 2015 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Room 107

Attendees (25)