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Distinguished Faculty Lecture 2019–2020


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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2018-2019
Kari Firestone, Professor of Nursing

2017-2018
Pedrito Maynard-Reid, Professor of Theology

2016-2017
Paul Dybdahl, Professor of Theology

2015-2016
Kellie Bond, Associate Professor of English

2014-2015
Linda Emmerson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

2013-2014
David Bullock, Professor of Communication

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Karen Tetz, Professor of Nursing

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Joseph G. Galusha Jr., Professor of Biology

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Pamela Keele Cress, Professor of Social Work and Sociology

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Thomas M. Thompson, Professor of Mathematics

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Gregory D. Dodds, Associate Professor of History

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Bruce C. Johanson. Professor of Biblical Studies

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Jon A. Cole, Professor of Engineering

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Beverly G. Beem, Professor of English

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James R. Nestler, Professor of Biology

2003-2004
Alden L. Thompson, Professor of Biblical Studies

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Kraig S. M. Scott, Associate Professor of Music

2001-2002
Douglas R. Clark, Professor of OT and Archaeology

2000-2001
Rodney Heisler, Professor of Engineering

1999-2000
C. Loren Dickinson, Professor of Communication

1998-1999
Roland R. Blaich, Professor of History

1997-1998
 Verlie Y. F. Ward, Professor of Education

1996-1997
Thomas J. Emmerson, Professor of Art

1995-1996
Claude C. Barnett, Professor of Physics

1994-1995
Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Professor of English and History

1993-1994
Ernie J. Bursey, Professor of Biblical Studies

Last update on September 3, 2019