Missy Garvin

  • Infographic Evaluation
  • Missy Garvin
  • Dept. of Psychology
  • Fall 2014

I am currently instituting the Infographic project as a key assignment in an Infant Development course. This document explains my intention in assigning this project, the timeline that I established for completion, the details of the assignment, the resources that I provided for students, as well as my thoughts on the assignment mid-way through my implementation.


My interest in the infographic project stemmed from teaching students a new means of conveying knowledge that is more relevant in today’s workforce. As I began the project, my primary concern was that students would focus so much on how to make an infographic that the content of the project would suffer. As a result of this concern, I highly scaffolded the project in order to ensure quality content.


9/15/14: Schedule appointment for topic approval
9/29/14: Topic approval due (5 points)
10/27/14: Infographic outline due (40 points)
12/1/14: Infographic due (75 points)
12/8/14: Infographic day (20 points)

The Assignment as given to students

The purpose of this assignment is to investigate and evaluate relevant, timely information on a topic, pertinent to infant development, in an in-depth manner. The presentation of this information will be in the form of an infographic. An infographic is a tool to help audiences quickly and accurately understand complex information. Be sure to look through the “Infographic Resources” that have been posted on Moodle, as well.

The Infographic Outline and Infographic are BOTH due on Moodle and in hard copy by 8am on the respective due dates!

Topic Approval: You will need to schedule an appointment to discuss your topic no later than September 15. You will need to have approval for your topic by September 29. Prompt completion of this is worth 5 points.

Infographic Outline: You will need to submit a detailed outline of your infographic by October 27. This outline should lay out the story that you will present with your infographic. It should include the resources that you will be using, the statistics you will use from each source, and how the information flows to together and is related. This should be several pages in length. Think of writing this outline as an assignment in lieu of writing a full paper. This is where you show that your infographic will have quality content and will prepare you to make the content the focus of your infographic. You MUST include a reference page. Successful completion of this portion of the assignment is worth 40 points.

Infographic: Your infographic is due on December 1 and is worth 75 points. Your infographic will need to include the following:

  • Make your topic evident: it must be clear the “story” you are trying to tell with your infographic. 10 points.
  • Quality content: you need to use peer-reviewed sources for your information, have sufficient information to present your topic well, and make sure that this is the focus of your infographic. 35 points.
  • Visually appealing: your infographic needs to be visually appealing (including fonts, colors, and sizing), represent your content visually where possible and appropriate, and balance text and visual representations. 25 points.
  • Reference page in APA format. 5 points.

Infographic Presentation: You will be presenting your infographic on “Infographic Day,” December 8 at 8am. Attendance on the this day is mandatory! You will need to print out your infographic for this presentation. Half of the class will present at a time while the other half will roam from infographic to infographic. You will need to be with your infographic to explain the purpose of it and to answer any questions. The class will then switch and the “roamers” will present and vice-versa. The successful presentation will be clear and able to address any relevant questions. This portion will be worth 20 points

Resource Guide as given to students

Here are some resources that will help you to make an effective infographic. Be sure to look through some of these sites in each category.

What makes a good infographic?

There are many resources available to guide you in the right direction on making an effective, visually appealing infographic.  Some general guidelines include:

  • the use of pertinent information
  • telling an effective “story”
  • visually appealing
  • a good balance between text and images
  • visually presenting any information that you can.

Here are some websites that offer good tips on creating effective infogaphics:

How do I make an infographic?

There are several good, free resources available to help you to make an infographic.  Some of these resources include:

  • Piktochart: http://piktochart.com/
  • Venngage: https://venngage.com/
  • Infogr.am: http://infogr.am/
  • Dipity: http://www.dipity.com/
  • Chartgo: http://www.chartgo.com/
  • ChartsBin: http://chartsbin.com/about/apply
  • Easel.ly: http://www.easel.ly
  • Brainstorming or prototyping tools:
    • Popplet: http://popplet.com/
    • Bubbl.us: https://bubbl.us/
    • Google Draw: https://drive.google.com/

Where can I find examples of good infographics?

There are many sites that use infographics; of course, some are better than others.  Here are a few sites where you can start looking at good infographics.  Beware, you might spend a lot of time “playing” on these sites and calling it “homework!”  Proceed with caution!

Mid-way through thoughts

It has been a positive learning experience for me, thus far, to both participate in the Infographic Group and to implement this new assignment with my students. I have made a few changes in the process in that I am not asking students to print out the infographic in anyway, but will project the electronic version for “Infographic Day.” This adjustment is based on the final reporting session for our group. Additionally, as was also discussed in this final reporting session, I have come to understand that the Infographic is not the ultimate tool for all assignments. I will have to see the final results for this assignment, but in the future, I may have it stand in for a smaller paper, rather than a major assignment. Overall, I am appreciative of the experience and certainly plan to continue to use infographics in my courses.