Data Visualization, Graphic Design and Meaning: Equipping Students with Critical Literacy Skills to Create and Consume Infographics

Your Name and Title: Pamela Van Halsema, Analyst

 

Library, School, or Organization Name: School of Education, Sonoma State University

 

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

 

Language in Which You Will Present: English

 

Target Audience(s): Educators (especially secondary and college level)

 

Short Session Description: Data Visualization, Graphic Design and Meaning: Equipping Students with Critical Literacy Skills to Create and Consume Infographics

 

Full Session Description: The web provides students a world of information and learning, but to navigate the web’s image-loaded environment, students need to master critical thinking skills of information literacy and visual literacy. With the rise of online news and social media, there has been an explosion of appealing and provocative infographics to deliver a message visually.  Students need the tools to decipher whether these graphics are presenting facts or opinion, and understand what meaning can be implied with graphic design elements.

This session provides practical tips for teachers and librarians to help secondary and college students dissect an infographic, analyze the message behind the images and graphics, and uncover bias and meaning. 

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The issue mentioned here is extremaly important, especially for students of art, who move in space of visualisation - looking forward to listen to the presentation!

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