Teaching with Infographics: Practicing New Digital Competencies and Visual Literacies
Sidneyeve Matrix, Queen’s University, Canada & Jaigris Hodson, Ryerson University, Canada
This position paper examines the use of infographics as a teaching assignment in the online college classroom. It argues for the benefits of adopting this type of creative assignment for teaching and learning, and considers the pedagogic and technical challenges that may arise in doing so. Data and insights are drawn from two case studies, both from the communications field, one online class and a blended one, taught at two different institutions. The paper demonstrates how incorporating a research-based graphic design assignment into coursework challenges and encourages students’ visual digital literacies.