Thursday, June 23, 2022

Designing an Information Comic

An open access publication from the International Visual Literacy Association is the IVLA Book of Selected Readings at and the 2022 edition has been published.
One chapter that caught my eye is Designing an Information Comic by Maaike Wessels-Compagnie. It describes (with illustrations) the process of turning textual material on education (by another author) into a comic (it is an "information comic" in the sense that it is informational, as opposed to purely entertaining). The author consulted a small pool of critical friends, including the author of the original material, to give feedback alongthe way, and it is interesting to see the feedback and how Wessels-Compagnie responded to it.
The abstract is "This study revolves around the idea that using the visual language of comics to communicate scholarly knowledge benefits learners in higher education. The researcher transformed the written academic prose of pages 58-70 of Mayer’s Multimedia Learning (2009) into a 12-page information comic with help of expert informants and found that it is possible to create an information comic that communicates academic ideas provided the researcher has 1) a high level of visual literacy, 2) accepts that intersemiotic translation always leads to new meaning, 3) accepts that emotion will become part of the final product, and 4) accepts that it takes considerable time to create the imagery. Based on the literature, experience and expert feedback, the researcher identifies 12 possible steps for the design of information comics and six reasons why information comics demonstrate great potential for learning"
Photo by Sheila Webber, taken in Second Life, April 2022

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