A student-focused checklist for creating infographics

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Scottie Kapel, Scholarly Communication Librarian (Creator)
Krista Schmidt, Research and Instruction Services Librarian (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/


Purpose: This paper discusses efforts to produce instructional support objects for undergraduate students engaged in creating infographics, an alternative assignment growing in popularity at the authors’ university.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The authors examined scholarly, professional, trade, and open-web sources to identify best practices for design and data visualization for this type of assignment. They categorized their findings and used a preponderance-of-evidence method for final selection of relevant practices. The authors detail the creation of their support products (instructional checklists and example infographics) and offer recommendations for librarians engaged in similar efforts.

Findings: Despite the growing popularity of alternative assignments, guidance for best practices in data and design as they relate to student-created infographics is nascent, and best practices for design and data visualization in this context have yet to be concretely identified. Without extant guidance for student-created infographics, the authors developed a checklist of potential best practices for design and data visualization.

Practical Implications: The use of alternative projects assigned in lieu of traditional research papers is growing. Additional guidance may be required for students creating non-traditional works as standards and best practices for these projects are underdeveloped in the academic setting. Librarians will want to consider their role in supporting students assigned to create an alternative project.

Originality: A consideration of best practices for data and design visualization for students designing research infographics has not yet been written.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2021
infographics, data visualization, design, best practices, aesthetics, data literacy, visual literacy

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A student-focused checklist for creating infographicshttps://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-07-2021-0042The described resource is a version, edition, or adaptation of the related resource.