visual thinking

We are excited to have graphic note-taker, Mark Isham, present to record some of the activities taking place during this years 4Cast conference.

We will be uploading Mark Isham's graphic notes next week.

Graphic, or visual note-taking is a method of recording information using visual elements that extend beyond the simple, linear placement of text. Graphic notes can enhance comprehension by presentation information in an interesting and lively form that is both informative and easy to understand.

Mark Isham teaches his students "note-taking as a reflective process (like Bloom's Taxonomy)":

  • Remembering: can the student recall or remember the information?
  • Understanding: can the student explain ideas or concepts?
  • Applying: can the student use the information in a new way?
  • Analyzing: can the student distinguish between the different parts?
  • Evaluating: can the student justify a stand or decision?
  • Creating: can the student create new product or point of view?

For more information on visual thinking:

Visit Derek Bruff's blog, "Agile Learning".

This past September the University of Iowa hosted Derek Bruff, director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics, to speak about visual thinking. His blog includes a great definition of visual learning as well as some thoughts about graphic note-taking.