As you may have heard, over the last few months Laura McNally (current SBS AJP Intern) and I were involved in a project to support the introduction of the university’s Threshold Standards policy (approved October 2015). This involved reviewing all Blackboard module sites used at SHU in 2014/15 to see if certain criteria were being met. These criteria were the university’s Minimum Expectations (now Threshold Standards) for supporting learning with technology. Primarily this relates to the development of Blackboard sites.
Module leaders have received site reports to support them with the development of their sites. Additionally, the results have been reported on and presented at a departmental level. I have also completed a report for ACES on use of Blackboard throughout the faculty.
All this report writing, however, is getting tiring. Additionally, the reports are unlikely to engage the majority of academic staff – staff the new policy aims to support! Therefore I decided to create an infographic report to present the faculty results in a more exciting way!
Unfortunately I am unable to embed the infographic, but if you click on the image you can reach the published web version. In the web version you will be able to experience the live infographic with interactive charts. For example, when you hover over the bars in the bar chart, you are able to see the number of sites each block represents.
This was also an opportunity for me to showcase the use of infographics as an excellent way of presenting information. Examples of how they can be used include alternatives to course and module guides (as done in MAC), reports (as shown above) as well as presentations and posters. There have also been cases of staff encouraging their students to use infographics to present research.
You also don’t need to be a design wizz to produce one of these. For example, I used Piktochart to create this one, and used a pre-made report-style template (‘Presenta Board Report‘) available on the Piktochart website. This meant I didn’t have to worry about font, colour schemes or layout. There are also plenty of online help guides! If you are unsure where to start, this article explores the different types of infographic you may want to consider.
I hope you have found this a more interesting way of engaging with such information.