Infographics and Design
In an online environment there is limited opportunity to be able to give cohesive renditions of the big picture. Most students prefer not to read lengthy articles so the visual explanation via infographics becomes essential. In ISD workshops I spend some time outlining all the aspects that go into the design and build of a course.
The diagram below is more simplistic than what I would use in a face to face situation – each of the items associated with the 4 main elements need to be fleshed out. In an online course however the exposition of each item can be done using other media like web articles and video – no need to complicate things at the start.
Some infographics are drawn as a means of mind mapping elements that need to work together. The resultant diagram may not mean much to viewers without explanation. The infographic below is just one such case…
I worked in a university in the UAE where I was acutely aware of the need to ensure students succeeded in their blended online courses. The delivery of education was defined not just by the content but also by the education theory that the institution embraced. The LMS in place offered tools for content presentation and delivery ensuring that students were engaged with the content and collaborated with each other.
Once the gist of the graphic is explained it becomes easier to interpret.
In the UAE I worked in the Learning Centre (Information Commons) of AbuDhabi Women’s College. Together with a colleague I helped design and deliver a 8 week Digital Media course. This course introduced students to online tools that they would be able to use in any workplace. We designed badges to award students once they had completed the tasks required. I presented the research on this concept at the ZA-WWW 2012 In Durban, South Africa November 2012
Digital media instruction: a pilot study of a certificate course delivered to second language college students in the UAE. The paper can be read here. (Opens in a new tab).
Digital Literacy Course certificate (Back)