Posts Tagged ‘infographic’
What if my smartphone is my “paper” and “pen”?
That was my response to this mis-infographic at Edudemic on running effective meetings.
If you think about it, the sort of advice offered by the creator of the graphic is symptomatic of why “new” technology does not seem to work and why “old” technology stays put.
On a related note, new Twitter follower of mine shared a mindmap last week:
My reaction to the mindmap was: What some call distracting I call enabling, facilitating, or connecting. It is a matter of perspective and practice.
Look at it this way. If you are having trouble driving a car, you might say, “Stupid car!” But observers outside might see what is going on and think to themselves, “Stupid driver!”
Often it helps not to blame the tool but to examine the use of that tool.
This is an exception that I am making to a rule. I am responding to an email request to feature an infographic.
I am featuring it partly because the person asked nicely, had credentials, and responded to my queries. I am also including it here because it addresses an emerging but important trend that not many people understand.
Based on a tool demonstration they provided some months later, I did not get a sense that Blackboard really understood what learner analytics was. I only saw administrative analytics, not learning or learner analytics.
The infographic below provides a better picture of this [source].
A learning analytics system does not just data mine. It reacts and responds as an intelligent system to every learner. It augments a human instructor by providing more immediate feedback and personalizing learning.
Bottom line: A good learning analytics system is not designed with an administrator or KPIs in mind. It is designed for the learner first and foremost.
Actually, lefties unite! Lefties are more likely to be dyslexic, you know.
As a left-handed person, I like factoids like the item below. But while Pleated-jeans.com calls this an infographic, it is not.
Just because there is information and graphics in the visual does not make this an infographic. Like an untied shoelace, a knot it is not.
There are no citations or sources. The visuals do not help illustrate the quantity or quality of each point. Furthermore, the points within the blue and orange backgrounds have no discernible pattern. They are not a visual alliteration or an arrangement of pros vs cons.
So what makes for a better infographic? This representation by ChaCha.
This infographic is not really one and some of the examples are anecdotal at best. But it is a drop in the bucket labelled the good of video gaming.
It is interesting to see how often and where Singapore appears on this infographic by Online Schools (click on image for full version).
When I posed the question “Where do we lie?”, I meant two things. Where we are positioned and where the untruths are.
Let us not kid ourselves: Statistics and visuals obscure details and inconvenient truths!