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Infographics for student assessment: more than meets the eye
  1. David H Saunders⇑,
  2. Andrew Horrell,
  3. Andrew Murray
  1. Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 2AZ, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David H Saunders, Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 2AZ, UK; Dave.Saunders{at}ed.ac.uk

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Infographics are attracting attention as a mechanism for conveying health messages to the general population and healthcare professionals.1 Infographics are also appearing within traditional scientific publications as a form of a ‘visual abstract’ to summarise findings,2 or as a stand-alone publication.3 This suggests that students as well as professionals1 should be aware of these forms of visual communication. Therefore, it seems logical to incorporate infographics within academic courses where they could have a range of teaching, learning and assessment roles. Producing an infographic may be an effective way of helping students appreciate their value.

This editorial describes how production of an infographic was used as part of an assessment task on a sport nutrition course delivered to sport and exercise science students, and seeks to raise awareness of their use in academic courses.

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It is important that students in the sport and exercise sciences develop the ability to communicate their knowledge effectively. This includes scientific audiences and athletes and patients, as well as …

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