Debbie Muthersbaugh, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Education and Psychology
Seeing is Knowing: Exploring the Impact of Visual Representations in Teaching and Learning
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 7 p.m.
Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Building confidence in the ability to learn by adding key visual elements to the learning experience is essential for both students and teachers. Pictures and drawings have been used in various teaching practices over time. Most of us utilize visual cues to support what we think or know. Concepts from Visual Information Theory (Tufte, 1983, 1996, 1999, 2006) and Muthersbaugh’s original research using drawings and pictures indicate that art and other forms of representation go hand-in-hand in classroom learning, but how can we better understand the value of visual aspects for learning? Images themselves contain knowledge and are useful in understanding content. Using images for integrating learning content provides for meaningful mediated experiences by establishing connections. Mediating experiences through integration also affects students’ self-efficacy by encouraging positive attitudes toward learning. Analyzing the findings of a series of studies led Muthersbaugh to ask: What are the connections between art, science, math, and other subjects? How can being intentional when choosing and using images for teaching and learning assist students in creating a more positive attitude toward their own learning?
Join us to hear Muthersbaugh share her findings on visual elements in the
learning experience at the 2019–20 Distinguished Faculty Lecture.
This presentation will be streamed live online on Nov. 10, 2019, at 7 p.m.
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