Shape is a necessary element of any instructional visual. This week I used simple shapes to create my graphic. In my unit of instruction, students will create role-play videos. A vital step in this production will matching video and audio recordings. I believe my solution works as it contains four primary elements. First, the words top and bottom enclose the graphic and directly relate to the visual. This creates a rectangular display shape and helps the viewer hierarchically (Lohr, 2008, p. 250). Second, the graphic uses simple circles to contain the important information. This provides unity and focuses attention to the alignment of the vital data (Lohr, 2008, p. 250).
When presented with this image, I received a number of helpful ideas that will be incorporated into the graphic soon. My colleague who knows the goals of the project, quickly understood the message. He commented that the words were necessary to understand the graphic but also stated that the ideas were difficult to express but though I had achieved my goal. A second colleague took longer to form his ideas which suggests that the message may not be clearly evident. He commented that the audio element looked like a heart rate graph and seemed puzzled in general. After providing context for the graphic, he understood easily but said the contextual reference was critical. A third colleague first asked for context and commented that he saw only the audio side of the image. He suggested using a different image for the video element.
In the end, I changed the alignment of the wording but left the image mostly as is because I believe it achieves its goal.