Assignment: Hot Topic Infographic

STEP 1: Select an interesting, debatable topic from this module that you would like to learn more about. Do some background research, and then find at least two journal articles that provide more insight into that topic. You may also reference information from national organizations that focus on child development (American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF, etc.). Here are some topics that have been debated in recent times, although you may choose your own:

  • breastfeeding
  • vaccinations
  • circumcision
  • gender-neutral parenting
  • co-sleeping

STEP 2: Pick out some interesting facts from your research. Think about some favorite insights, graphs, or charts. Your objective is to create an interesting visual (think: infographic) so that an outside observer could quickly learn at least three new things by looking at it. It must include at least two images (pictures, charts, and graphs all count as images) and some text. You can present both sides of the “debate” on your infographic (for example, the pros and cons of circumcision), or you can focus on one side. Include your references in APA format either at the bottom of the visual or on a separate page.

Please do not feel overwhelmed by creating a visual. You can think of it as making a simplified “poster” about the topic. You may design the poster in any medium you desire, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop, or one of the following programs:

  • Canva is really easy to use and convenient because it has tons of free shapes and designs for you to use.
  • Infogram is a fabulous tool if you want to include a chart or graph in your infographic.
  • Easel.ly has some great pre-designed Infographic options to work with.

OPTIONAL STEP: Share your creation with the world so that others can benefit from your work! Using either Flickr or Wikimedia Commons, upload your finished product and publish it so that others can see and use your work. Although not required, it’s recommended to upload and release your work with a Creative Commons license.

STEP 3: Submit your presentation along with a 200-500 word write-up explaining what you learned about the topic from your research and in creating the presentation.

Sample Grading Rubric
Criteria Proficient Developing Not Evident Points
Creates a visual infographic poster on a relevant topic Visual is attractive and interesting. Visual is somewhat attractive and interesting. Visual is not attractive or interesting. __/5
Includes at least two images and text about the topic Visual includes at least two visuals as well as some text Visual partially includes visuals and text Visual does not include at least two visuals as well as some text __/5
Presents at least three pieces of information inside the inforgraphic and explains it in the writing. Includes at least three accurate and informative facts about the topic. Also includes a summary paragraph with submission. Partially includes accurate and informative facts about the topic Does not includes at least three accurate and informative facts about the topic __/10
Includes correct APA citations Provides APA citations either on the image or a separate reference page Provides partial or incorrect APA citations either on the image or a separate reference page Does not provide APA citations __/5
Total: __/25

 

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