Date of Award

January 2017

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Charles S. Hausman

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Second Advisor

Deborah L. West

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Third Advisor

Sherwood Thompson

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


This qualitative phenomenological case study is designed to investigate the learning outcomes, lived experiences, and perceptions of eight post-secondary teachers participating in a sketch-based infographic development training program. This research is designed to assess the viability of infographics as a learning and assessment strategy, providing insight into the application of infographics to the post-secondary education environment, and informing the development of an instructional and assessment model with prescriptive conditions for usage and training. This research provides much needed empirical support for specific applications of visualization tools in the post-secondary learning environment with a specific focus on teacher perspectives providing additional insight into visual skill development, learning environment considerations, training requirements and support implications associated with infographics. This study revealed five (5) major themes associated with the use of infographics as alternative assessment in post-secondary education. These five interconnected themes include Using Infographics, Teaching Infographics, Developing Infographics, Assessing with Infographics and Infographics and Learning. A prescriptive model and approach for using, teaching, developing, and assessing infographics in post-secondary educational settings is presented.