What is Information Visualization?

Information visualization is the graphical representation of technical, often complex data that is designed to be understood quickly and easily by the layperson. Popularly called “infographics, ” this type of media is highly valuable in the age of ubiquitous knowledge, and the people who create it are equally desired by organizations seeking to share messages that make an impact. A well-designed infographic can illuminate facts buried in the pages of a dense report or text, or explicate a detailed concept, such as an underground transit system, with clarity and simplicity. The modern age is embracing the power of design to engage and inform audiences through infographics, and social media is the vehicle to take them viral, making information more relevant and accessible on a global level. For teaching and learning, the study of infographics covers a number of valuable skills relating to data analysis, design thinking, and contextual, inquiry-based research, not to mention the technical capacities required to carry out ideas using creative software. Information visualization will continue to capture the imaginations and attentions of scientists, designers, and audiences, while carving its niche as a 21st century discipline.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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  • Visualizing information and concepts is a key skill for teachers. It's not about simplifying data, it's about getting a message through that students (or others) can build on. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • I can especially see two uses of "big data" analyzes. Partly in teaching to show links and realities for students eg http://gapminder.org but also to screen eleverns skills and knowledge gaps and somehow present this to the school so that you can insert support for certain students or consider alterations in organisationern or teaching early. - helena.kvarnsell helena.kvarnsell Dec 7, 2014 - stefan stefan Dec 7, 2014
  • A major part of Learning Analytics is the "dashboard", the visual presentation of relevant student data.- morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014
  • We should have data mining directly in interactive infographics. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014
  • As more infographics are used we need to develop analysis skill as we do for all media. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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  • Making knowledge, information and ideas accessible and meaningful for students in every subject. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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