Visual Displays of Information

Visual displays of information, or visual aids, are an important aspect of engineering communication. Often visual displays of information are integrated with technical reports and oral presentations. Yet, in engineering practice, it is common for a visual display of information to be the main medium of communication (e.g., sketches, technical drawings, and photographs). Below are some ideas for visual assignments.

Ideas for Learning Tasks (i.e., Assignments) that Support Assessment

  • Graphs
  • Tables or Charts
  • Diagrams
  • Flowcharts
  • Sketches
  • Technical Drawings
  • Photographs or Renderings
  • Advertisements, Brochures, or Posters

Making Scoring/Grading Useful for Assessment

  • General principles for making scoring/grading useful for assessment (rubrics)
  • Attributes for visual displays that could be used to construct a rubric
    • Utility of the data
    • Accuracy of the data
    • Design of the display
    • Style and mechanics of the display