Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 15. Number 1, March 2024                              Pp.166-181
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.11

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Using Infographics as An Educational Technology Tool in EFL Writing: University of
Baghdad Case Study

 Farah Muayad Issa
Department of English, Faculty of Languages
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Farah@colang.uobaghdad.edu.iq

 

Received:10/15/2023                    Accepted:02/22/2024                 Published:03/20/2024

Abstract:
Infographics have the capability to organize and display information in a way that is easy for viewers to retrieve and make observations. While infographics have been successful in various fields, their potential benefits in composition writing have not been explored. The primary objective of this study is to investigate the perspectives of Iraqi EFL students who used infographics as an educational technology tool in composition writing, and to identify how gender influences students’ performance when using infographics in EFL writing classes. The significance of this study lies in its integration of infographics as an educational technology tool for teaching writing, aligning with the current trend of technology integration in education and meeting the demands of the 21st century. A pre-tests, post-tests, and questionnaires have been used to collect data. The questionnaire consisted of 28 close-ended items structured on a Likert rating scale, with responses ranging from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. The responses were analyzed using Google Sheets and SPSS software for quantitative analysis. The conclusions indicate that a significant proportion of students consider using infographics to promote cooperative learning and teamwork. Furthermore, these results showed significant gender differences, with female students using infographics more frequently than male students. This demonstrates the substantial interest among women in utilizing technology in learning, highlighting the potential for investment in English language skills development and educational technology. Finally, it is recommended to incorporate infographics into teaching practices across disciplines to enhance students’ learning experiences and foster essential skills required in the 21st century.
Keywords: 21st century skills, composition writing, educational technology, EFL writing, gender differences,
Google form, infographics, Iraqi university students

Cite as:   Issa, F. M.  (2024). Using Infographics as An Educational Technology Tool in EFL Writing: University
of Baghdad Case Study. Arab World English Journal, 15(1): 166-181.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.11

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Received: 10/15/2023  
Accepted: 02/22/2024   
Published: 03/20/2024  
https://orcid.org/0009-0006-0161-4794
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.11

Farah Muayad Issa holds an MA degree in Applied linguistics. She is currently a lecturer in the English Department of the Faculty of Languages, University of Baghdad. Her key areas of interest are applied Linguistics, methods of teaching, TESOL and educational technology. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0006-0161-4794.