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Instructor Toolkit: Create a Digital Assignment

What is an infographic or digital poster?

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. Similarly, a good digital poster presents information clearly, but doesn't draw on data. Apply graphic design principles and use free tools like Canva or Piktochart to create your digital project.

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate 

Length: 1-3 pages, sizes and dimensions vary 

Weighting: 10%-30% 

Best for  

  • Presenting data to a specific audience
  • Reflection
  • Lists


  • Depending on the platform, limitations to file export type.
  • Depending on the platform, limitations on access to graphics/icon libraries.

Sample learning outcomes

  • Design an accessible and engaging poster to communicate the results of a research study. 
  • Rewrite and redesign an existing infographic using principles of graphic design and data visualization.  

Key creative steps

  • Topic and brainstorm 
  • Storyboard your ideas 
  • Draft design 
  • Peer feedback 
  • Revise design 
  • Publishing 

Support for creating infographics and digital posters

Data Resource Centre

The Data Resource Centre in the library can assist students with gathering, finding and analyzing their data.

Canva + Piktochart

Unfortunately, the library does not have institutional subscriptions to these tools. However, the free versions offer a lot of options and flexibility for students. See the library's help guides for Canva and Piktochart for more information.

Resources to create an infographic

Link to Guide: Create InfographicsLink to Guide: Create a Digital Design with CanvaLink to Guide: Create a Digital Design with Piktochart

Resources to plan your infographic

Link to Guide: Create a Storyboard for your Digital ProjectLink to Guide: Apply Graphic Design Principles in your Digital Project

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