Learning objective: students will understand what an infographic is, its basic elements, and what software is available to create one.
My sophomore world history students are involved in a twelve-week long genocide project where they have to research an example of genocide, then present their findings to their class. One of the checkpoint assignments in the project is for the students to create infographics that illustrate their data. In the past, we have found our students have very little understanding about what an infographic is, let alone how to create one. Even though one of the principles of Project-based Learning (PBL) is to allow students to struggle through process of creating, my colleague and I felt our students would benefit from some basic instruction on creating infographics; last year they spent too much time learning about infographics instead of creating them. To that end, I created a mulitmedia tutorial through Google Slides that considered elements of contiguity in placing text and images aside one another, instead of separately as is often included in tutorials.
3.1 Creating: the tutorial includes images that not only illustrates the text but also furthers the understanding of it. In addition, links have been inserted into images to increase the students’ accessibility to the sites described. Considering the principles of contiguity, the text in the tutorial works in conjunction with the images and is located close to the images, instead of as captions.
3.2 Using: the tutorial was created to take in consideration past needs of students in the genocide project and their lack of knowledge about infographics. The tutorial will give students basic information about types of infographics and what software they can use to create them, so they can quickly decide what they want to create for their project, instead of spending so much time learning the basics of infographics.