Illustrations, which encompass tables and figures, provide a different perspective for communicating to audiences. When well designed and integrated with the text, illustrations can be not only memorable but also persuasive. In fact, many engineers and scientists build their most persuasive sections of documents around the illustrations. This lesson discusses the importance and integration of illustrations. (16 minutes)
Illustrations: Informing and Persuading Audiences.
Incorporating Illustrations into a Technical Document. This film discusses how to meet audience expectations when incorporating illustrations into a technical document.
Questions for Reflection
Instructor's Lesson Plan
Forthcoming will be a plan for instructors to incorporate this summary lesson into a class period of their course. Included with this plan will be discussion questions, student activities, and a comprehension quiz.
Sponsors and Editors
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State
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