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The Case for Visual Learning in Higher Education
||"The Visual Leap program was helpful because it got me working on more than just the information of my thesis. It got me to actually see the structure start to take from."
"I learned how to organize my ideas and be able to see them in a new way. This made it easier to imagine and plan the paper."
"The thing I immediately see about mind mapping that will help my writing is that I alwsys find when I edit my work, I have written the same sentence six (6) times. By diagramming the ideas first, I can see when there is a redundancy and delete it before I even begin to write. This process will save me a ton of time."
-Haverford College Seniors who participated in the Visual Leap program for Academic Writing
Visual thinking is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that will teach students how to be critical thinkers. Visual thinking is a strategy to break down questions into their root parts, and then work flexibly with those parts to construct new knowledge.
- Do your students have the tools and strategies to envision, organize, plan and develop their writing?
- Is the level of writing of your students where you would like it to be?
- Would you use tools that can easily display the relationships between concepts?
Visual learning methods can positively impact all of these areas. It can even reduce plagiarism (whether inadvertent or intentional) when incorporated into the curriculum.
Because visual thinking is a problem solving strategy, it can be applied to many disciplines. Visual thinking can be used to distill complex ideas into their essential frameworks, making it especially useful in demonstrating relationships between academic disciplines.
Faculty Training and Course Integration
Research shows that concept mapping measures different cognitive domains than testing.
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See a few basic examples of how visual thinking helps students plan, research and write more effectively.
"These visual learning strategies are a genuinely revolutionary step forward for writing and thinking skills across the academic spectrum. I know this from personal experience because the techniques The Visual Leap showed me helped me unsnarl a difficult paper I was working on. Ever since, I use the mapping techniques to plan my lectures and articles."
Michael Weingrad, PhD, Professor, Portland State University