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Infographic: How Technology is Facilitating Education

by Kelly Walsh on May 18, 2011

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“Infographic” Anyone?

I get a few of these infographics every month, but honestly, most of them have not been particularly intriguing from an education technology perspective. This one, however, is relevant, with 4 sections of ed tech related grapical information, offering an array of “facts” to consider. It also raises lots of questions.

A few interesting bits of information in the image stood out to me:

  • Faculty Views of the value of social media for class by site: I’m pleased to see the percentage of faculty that see many social media tools as being either “very valuable” or of “some value” for a good number of these tools. At the same time, the larger question of “according to who?” rises in my mind (who was interviewed and how large was the sample group?).
    A list of sources has been included at the bottom of the infographic, which is great, and lends it credibility. I did comb through some of the resources a little and I’m sure the source of this data is available, but after 5 minutes of trying to find this particular needle in that information haystack, I gave up.
  • 1 out of 4 college students have taken an online course. I’m actually surprised that the figure isn’t higher. It would be nice to know what year this “fact” is based on (again, I poked around a couple of these references, but didn’t have the patience to find which sections of which of the docs contained this particular factoid).
  • 3000 accredited online colleges. In this case, I was surprised to learn that this figure is actually this high.

This mechanism as a learning and information exchange device is certainly interesting, and can raise some good discussion points. I would love it if there were some specific pages cited in the references, and/or some other connection drawn to which information came from which source. There were also some poor color choices for some of the graphical elements in the image, with colors for the text that are too light too to read in some cases.

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How Technology is Facilitating Education  | Infographic |
 

Thanks to Masters in Education.org for this image.

Have you used infographics like these in courses? Does anyone know a place to find a variety of nicely done infographics?

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
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About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded EmergingEdTech.com. As an education and instructional technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Kelly also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by kwalshmusic.com and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Chris May 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I come across a lot of these types of infographics on Twitter and Digg. They tend to circulate fairly widely if they are well done.

Mack May 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

Great! Nice to see technology improving and transforming our system. Im researching technology solutions that help students focus by limiting distractions and such. Maybe the problem is that students need to learn more socially? http://bit.ly/mDdxJv

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