Week 4 – Participation & the Digital Divide – who misses out?

My, what a weekly task!  Creating an infographic depicting the digital divide was a steep learning curve for me.  I found Wordle easy and enjoyable to use but the actual design of the infographic proved challenging.  An infographic, by its very nature, is a visual representation of information, and should not be loaded down with a lot of text.  This aspect of the infographic proved to be my downfall repeatedly during the creation process.  It took many frustrating hours before I was satisfied that I had created an infographic and not a brochure.

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Infographic (Colville, 2014)                                   Click to view full Infographic

The infographics posted by my peers were of a high standard.  The majority focused on the generic definition of the digital divide, being the gap between what can be afforded or not in relation to digital technologies.  A few including mine focused on specific areas of the divide such as Older Australians and Indigenous communities.  Whilst most used graphs and icons effectively, a few tended to be brochure-like with an abundance of text.

Although I found the creation of an infographic initially challenging, I believe using Wordles and creating infographics would be an entertaining and creative method for students to create striking visuals using the text they are learning.

Further information on the Digital Divide can be found @
International Business Times and Newsweek

Reference

Australian Government (Department of Health and Ageing). (2011). Older Australians and the internet: Bridging the digital divide. Retrieved from http://www.productiveageing.com.au/OlderAustralians