Importance of Inforgraphics in eLearning
As you're aware Infographics are everywhere, let it be websites, newspapers, ads and online course content. The use of Infographic is an excellent learning tool which tremendously improves learning effectiveness. Most of the people are visual learners so it makes it easier to grasp the content. Infographics are used as a powerful tool to allow people to easily digest information through the use of virtual data, charts and statistics.
Before taking up design initiatives and jumping onto Infographics bandwagon and splatter course content with these visuals, it is important to get a brief understanding of how the information provided works and know when to use them. As course designers are cautious about learners to be overloaded with Infographics or having something out of the context. This can be less productive in terms of learning outcome and increases the cognitive load.
Interpretation and Creation of Infographics Foster Certain Capabilities in Learners
The creation of their own and interpretation of course Infographics, which are designed specifically for course materials, will help students develop capabilities in each area.
Interpretation capabilities enhanced with Infographics:
- Making sense of dynamic systems, relational data or change over time.
- Building critical faculties through the use of images with contrasting quality.
- Information literacy through examination of the source of graphics.
Design capabilities enhanced with Infographics:
- Effective presentation of data collected.
- Making sense of statistical data.
- Creating valid narratives of statistical data.
Infographics could be leveraged to present information as well as test students' understanding of information presented or they consumed through other forms of media.
Why Visual Literacy Matters?
Research has shown that visual learners build deeper knowledge through visual learning. Infographics represent an evolution of literacy, where infographics serve as an essential language of literate readers and writers.
Infographics can offer aspects similar to that of a complex text by using multiple images, words, and graphs while continuing to convey a clear message. Strategically, this is similar to the process of close reading. And close reading encourages deeper learning.
The U.S. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represented a shift towards greater text complexity and close reading. The design features of infographics are critical in the CCSS. Usage of well planned and properly placed Infographics tremendously improve learners attention to the topics covered in the lesson and learning outcome.