Teaching and Learning Show ‘n’ Share (Jan 2017), VIU, Nanaimo, B.C.

Using Infographics and Stories to Assess Student Understanding

Co-presented with Lisa Lewis

Presentation Abstract

Looking for ways to reinforce and expand their students’ understanding of the concepts within Biology 067, Lisa and Charlene decided to incorporate infographics and stories into three major projects in the course. In this session, Lisa and Charlene will describe these three projects, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, and share student feedback on the projects.

Unfortunately, my class schedule for Foundations doesn’t work well with the Human Anatomy schedule. This means I needed a new plan – a new experiential activity. I’ve decided to have my students explore VIU’s Learning Matters website, to see if there is anything they think should be added or changed from a student perspective. What they have found so far is that the site is very busy, and even though it contains a lot of good information, many of my students simply don’t want to spend the time reading over the content to find what they are looking for. The students also feel that information is lacking in two areas:

  • how to manage the stress of being a student (particularly from a student point of view)
  • science specific learning tools

The end result is that many of my students will be working on projects around self-care and curating science tools. I’m looking forward to seeing what they put together.