Jessica Parker

  • Infographic Evaluation
  • Jessica Parker
  • EDCT 559: Media and Information Literacy
  • Fall 2014

The Assignment

    As a class we read Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think (2012). In pairs, students signed up to take a chapter from The Filter Bubble and present the key ideas and information in an infographic. 

Abstract of book

Pariser is arguing that personalization of search information--when Google, for instance, shows you want it thinks you are most interested in based on your previous searches--is not democratic and is promoting a culture in which we only see information that aligns with our pre-established beliefs and values. Are we really seeing or is Google "seeing" for us. 

My Evaluation

The Infographics Presentation Assignment was a great first attempt. I have learned that I need to give them more time in class to share their graphics and compare. They really didn’t have a deep understanding of infographics and this hurt their ability to create a compelling infographic. I also need to make sure they understand the goal of an infographic is not to summarize--it’s to highlight a main argument(s). A lot of the students went straight into summarizing the chapter. 

In the future, I plan to ask for student feedback on this project, use this assignment with our book circles and not a book the entire class is reading, and ask students to write out their key points from the book before they start creating their infographic--too much text on a lot of the submissions.

Design:

Wow did I fail them on this. They really needed help thinking through how to design an infographic! Might even ask an art prof. or student to come to class and discuss design strategies.

Models:

Now that I have some examples of infographics from this class, I can use them with the next students so we can practice evaluating the infographics.

Assessment:

I wasn’t able to get my act together to provide them with an adequate evaluation tool, so now I know that I need to give them a rubric!

Overall, I give my students a solid B+ for effort and I give myself a C- for implementation 

Infographic Resources

Free (to a point) Infographic Tools

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 

Brainstorming or prototyping tools:

Popplet: http://popplet.com/ 

Bubbl.us: https://bubbl.us/ 

Google Draw: https://drive.google.com/‎

Easel.ly: http://www.easel.ly

Articles/Readings on Infographics

What Makes a Good Infographic: http://visual.ly/what-makes-good-infographic

What Makes a Great Infographic (skim): http://marketingland.com/8-experts-talk-about-making-great-infographics-34958 

How to Create an Accessible Infographic: http://accessiq.org/content/how-to-create-an-accessible-infographic 
Creating an Accessible Infographic: http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/blog/creating-accessible-infographic - (the first 2 paragraphs made me think of how these assignments could be adapted for visually impaired students)

 Review of Infographic tools: http://www.razorsocial.com/make-your-own-infographic/ 
An infographic on creating good infogarphics: http://sociallysorted.com.au/7-superpowers-of-a-knockout-infographic/