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This is not the kind of help I’d normally ask for, but y’all are always good to me, so I figured why not.

I’m working on developing a new class to teach people how to make infographics in PowerPoint.  This is an example of an infographic.  Ours won’t be that complicated.  All infographics are based on a data set – the numbers part.

Here’s my dilemma.  Do I A) provide a small data set for them to work with; B) ask them to bring a data set specific to their discipline to work with; or C) spend class time having them look for a data set to work with?

I’ve tried figuring out if there’s a way to remove this piece from the process, but it seems to me that it’s pretty critical.  Not all data sets are suited to this and not all lessons would benefit from an infographic.  But I think having some kind of legitimate data to work with is crucial for making the exercise more “real.”

I’ve allowed 90 minutes for the entire class which will include an introduction, discussion of the topic, run through of the process, and then the hands on portion.  I’m envisioning them making at least 2 slides that we can then stitch together using an online collage tool.

I welcome all thoughts and comments on this.  I’m well and truly stumped.