Using infographics as part of a course lecture, or integrated into an assignment, can help make information easier to understand and digest.
Lisa Shustack, EdD., MSN, MSEd., RN
A decade ago, the technology tools educators had access to were finite in number and limited by both cost and the need for a significant familiarity with how technology works. Today, the options available for educators are quite vast, including many user-friendly free internet applications. Having knowledge of some of these applications can help nurse educators transform stagnant, content-laden lectures into interactive, visually stimulating, learning experiences.
Using creative visual aids as part of a course lecture, or integrated into an assignment, can replace the monotony of PowerPoint and make information easier to understand and digest. Content-saturated courses in nursing education continue to present challenges for nursing educators. With information overload on the rise and dwindling attention spans among Generation Z college students, it is not a surprise that using visuals to help transfer information is also the preferred way of consuming information. Therefore, infographics have become an extremely popular way to share visual representations of data sets or major points related to a course lecture.