Visual Note Taking
Cognitive theories of multimedia learning support drawing and imagery as effective means of transferring knowledge across contexts; visualization and concept mapping have proven to increase comprehension and ideation. From Edward Tufte’s Visual Explanations, to Temple Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures, the relationship between visual thinking and critical and creative problem solving is well documented. Research has shown that thinking visually – drawing, mapping, diagramming, and visual metaphors – can help one process and recall information. As visual thinking strategies become more integrated into Common Core and IB curricula at the K-12 level, which recognize design as an applied art, landscape architecture educators have begun to advocate for more inclusive learning opportunities (STEAM rather than STEM).
This research was presented at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (2016) and used to teach a Freshman Seminar course (2016). See below for examples.