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Infographics as a study tool

A new skill I’d like to learn for presenting information and ideas is infographics. Infographics are “a visual representation of information or data, e.g. as a chart or diagram” (Wiki). Studies show that recognition doubles for a picture compared with text. From the 1930’s, visual information began with the Isotype which was developed at the Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum in Wien, Vienna. An isotype is a pictorial form, to help understand key elements. Isotypes are all around us, we have gotten so used to them, we don’t even think about them, their simplicity yet ability to convey important information, from road signs to toilet door signs.

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Open Source

One of the first aspects I am loving about the course so far, is the lecturers. It is so refreshing to be guided by people who really believe in the love of knowledge, and share it so openly. In fact, everything about the course is open; Open Source. Using tools and information that is open source, our own thoughts and research, through this blog, will be open source. But what does Open Source mean? According to the Open Source Initiative,

Open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone.

Free alternatives to the Apples and Microsofts of this world, owning and copyrighting everything. Examples of open source software that I already use myself are WordPress, Mozilla Firefox, 7-Zip, Open Office, Notepad++. There are many more that I havn’t discovered yet, and when I do, I will be adding to my digital box of tools.

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