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Upcoming Teaching Worshop – Beyond the Five-Page Paper: Representing Student Learning Visually

Posted by on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Events, News.

Date: Wednesday, October 16th
Time: 3:10 – 4:30
Location: Center for Teaching
Facilitators: Derek Bruff and Nancy Chick
Audience: Faculty, Students (Undergraduate and Graduate), and Staff

There’s no rule that says students must express what they’ve learned in a college course in the form of a paper, five pages long or otherwise.  Sometimes a more visual assignment, one that combines both words and images to literally make their thinking visible, can give an instructor a better sense of what students have learned—and can motivate students to engage more deeply with the course material.

In this workshop, we’ll consider several examples of visual assignments used in courses across the disciplines, including concept maps, posters, presentations, and infographics; discuss learning principles that support the use of such assignments; share strategies for grading visual assignments; and help participants brainstorm visual assignments that not only work well within their specific teaching contexts but also authentically reflect disciplinary ways of demonstrating understanding.

There’s nothing wrong with a good five-page paper, but adding other, more visual tools to our instructional toolboxes can invigorate both our teaching and our students’ learning.



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