Over the past year, I’ve again had the opportunity to view the work of several classes of Sociology students at a semester’s end display of Op-Ed pieces The more senior classes were also asked to create an Infographic as part of the display alongside their opinion piece. Earlier in the semester, I helped each of these groups find relevant scholarly articles on quite a wide variety of topics, and it was so inspiring to see young minds becoming more and more enthusiastic about the application of research to the real world.
All too rarely are our students given the opportunity to fully engage with a social issues beyond the formal essay. The theoretical underpinnings of a subject area’s content provides students the grounding from which they can undertake critical reflection and inquiry. Persuasion on the other hand takes that grounding and elevates it, using clear argument supported by convincing facts and logical reasons. Let’s design more assessment that allows our students to be creative , innovative, and reflective.
- Information as Infographics (online via Films on Demand)
- “Let Your Data Tell a Story:” Climate Change Experts and Students Navigating Disciplinary Argumentation in the Classroom (online article from International Journal of Science Education, 2017)
- Creative research methods in the social sciences : a practical guide (@UW – H62 .K3645x 2015)
- Infographics for student assessment: more than meets the eye (online article from British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2018)
- Learning with Multiple Representations: Infographics as Cognitive Tools for Authentic Learning in Science Literacy (online article from the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2018)