Infographics and Data Visualization

Instructional Packages

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Infographics

Infographics (or information graphics) present data visually and can include graphs, charts, diagrams, tables, maps, lists, and other forms of data visualization. Infographics can be:

  • Short – conveying one piece of information or small data set
  • Long – conveying multiple pieces of information; a composite of multiple short infographics

And convey data as:

  • Qualitative – conceptually based; communicating information characteristics or non-numerical properties
  • Quantitative – empirically based; conveying numerical data or analytics

Infographics can also be:

  • Descriptive – i.e., informative or explanatory; subjectively provide information
  • Argumentative – i.e., persuasive; prompt the viewer to draw conclusions

 

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops – Concepts and Software
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Data Visualization

Data visualizations are the presentation of data in a pictorial, graphical, or map formats. While infographics are a form of data visualization, data visualizations are not always infographics. Instead data visualizations can be simply charts or maps. The goal of data visualizations are to streamline information or research so it is easy for viewers to comprehend.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops – Concepts and Software
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Maps

Maps are a form of data visualization that uses a diagrammatic representation of an area of land or water. Maps can simply show the geographical markers (such as landmarks, roads, elevation, etc.) or be used in conjunction with a data set to geographically represent said data.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 1 – Standard (~30 min) workshop – Concepts only
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop – Concepts and Basic Software
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

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Want to try something different?

The above options are just a few examples of infographic and data visualization instructional packages available.

If you would like to try something different, contact us at designlab@wisc.edu to discuss more options!

Check out the Infographics and Data Visualization Resource Page for examples and more about the software available.

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