What Is That?


Educational Outcomes

  • Students will compose a visual exposition by creating an infographic.
  • Students will learn the traditional expository essay mode.
  • Students will draw from personal experience for inspiration.
  • Students will reflect upon their infographics.
  • Students will respond to their classmates’ infographics.
  • Students will develop technical skills.
  • Students will hone communication skills.
  • Students will apply knowledge, skills, and values learned from this project to new situations.


  • The instructor teaches the traditional expository essay, exposing students to amateur and professional examples.
  • The instructor introduces the infographic in light of Mary Hocks’s “hybridity” (631) argument in “Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments.”
  • The instructor explores the history of infographics so that students appreciate the value of this medium.
  • Student experience infographics.

  • The instructor introduces the value of infographics and the ethical responsibilities of infographic artists.


  • Students select a concept, principle, or artifact that they would like to explore.
  • Students create Piktocharts, illustrating selected topics.
  • Students write two-page reflections of their Piktocharts and how they compare to their classmates’ expositions.
  • Students give three-minute demonstrations of their Piktocharts in class.
  • The instructor facilities discussion/debate in order to identify changes in students’ attitudes, beliefs, and/or behaviors.
Carissa Gray "Love, Shock & Awe"

Carissa Gray “Love, Shock & Awe” Screenshot