Cattle rendering involves the slaughtering of cows in order to extract chemicals and compounds used in everyday items such as medicines and anti-aging cream. Many people tend not to associate these items with animal sources. Cattle rendering not only raises concerns about unfair animal treatment, but as well as health concerns, most notably mad cow disease.
In groups, students were tasked to come up with a way to educate the public on the truth about cattle rendering, including how cattle-by products are used in everyday items.
A group of students designed an interactive infographic using animation software and a constructivist learning method. The interactive allowed users to click on buttons displayed on the screen. Elements, such as graphics and information, would move around and change, reflecting the chosen action of the user. For example, by clicking on the x-ray machine switch, the cow is scanned to reveal and highlight the body parts that are being rendered into ingredients that are used in everyday items.
The students designed ancillary media to support instruction. Through a constructivist learning method, the interactive infographic allowed users to explore the infographic at their own rate and promoted an open-ended, non-linear, self-guided learning experience.