PIDP 3240 – Media Enhanced Learning
Vancouver Community College
November 19, 2017
Clean, Aseptic, and Sterile Techniques in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) for Certified Dental Assistants (CDA’s) (Truant, 2017).
Self-Assessment Part One: INFOGRAPHIC
- What did I learn about the process of creating an infographic?
Used as a visual reference tool, my infographic provides a concise overview of the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with reducing healthcare associated infections. As an instructional tool, an infographic can be used as a comprehensive summary of a lesson or topic and posted online with a link that learners can access. It can also be presented as a slide show. Additionally, I like that the infographic can be printed and displayed in a clinic or classroom.
I was not familiar with infographic software prior to this assignment, and had been creating similar documents using Microsoft Word©. I assumed that the infographic presentations that I had seen in the past were professional graphic design productions because they look much more attractive compared to my previous Word productions. Piktochart© (2017) is incredibly easy to use; the software is free and comes with 40MB of upload storage (I only used up .17MB in my infographic). There are a substantial variety of graphics included, and it is also easy to insert your own content as well. The hardest part of creating my infographic was highlighting key content in the form of a graphic or chart to make the presentation more visually appealing, and editing out lengthy text or unnecessary images that would dilute and confuse my message.
- Which classmate’s infographics do I like and why?
There are two of my classmate’s infographics that are appealing to me. The first is Rachel Munro’s on the current opioid crisis in British Columbia (2017). Rachel clearly explains her topic, how it affects her audience, and outlines the ways in which her audience can identify the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Her infographic is well laid out, the graphics are professional yet attractive, and the embedded video clarifies her topic from an journalistic viewpoint.
The other infographic that caught my attention is Aimee Thompson’s look at Strategic Initiatives for aboriginal employment and training in her community (2017). Aimee’s topic is clear, I like the mission statement in the second segment, the graph is remarkable, but what I liked most is the use of Aimee’s own photographs as a backdrop in the first segment, and of the young man obviously enjoying himself while training at work in the fourth segment. The infographic’s message is clear, the personal photographs are great, and the link to her own professional practice at the end is fantastic.
- What will I do differently the next time I create an infographic?
Peer and professional feedback are important to me. I plan on using my infographic in my own professional practice, and will solicit my colleague’s opinion regarding topic, delivery, and clarity. I will also ask my learners if there are topics that that require clarification. Personally, I like the template that I created, and would like subsequent infographics to follow a similar design. In my opinion, of all the “media enhanced learning” software that I researched and applied in this PIDP 3240 course, Piktochart’s infographic has the most potential. I am inspired to create more infographics for my own professional practice.
- Considering the rubric, what mark out of 10 reflects the quality of my infographic presentation?
- Infographic Rubric Rationale:
Referring to the rubric, I marked my infographic with a mark of 9.5 out of 10 based on the following criteria:
– the presentation is above average
– technical specifications have been met; I used a variety of appropriate characteristics that include: topic, objective, and target audience
– the presentation contains no spelling mistakes
– creative characteristics are displayed in the use of my own charts in addition to the graphics provide by Piktochart
– a level 3 mark that reflects an amateur, first attempt at an infographic
– a Creative Commons license is displayed
@ Please refer to my Resources page for works cited