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Visual Note Taking

Visual Note Taking

Left: Using visual note taking to exchange ideas by Sahoko Yui and Mahan Soltanzadeh.

Left: Using visual note taking to exchange ideas by Sahoko Yui and Mahan Soltanzadeh.

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.

Talk by Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a half.  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Talk by Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a half.

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Talk by the Oatmeal's Matthew Inman (2015)  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Talk by the Oatmeal's Matthew Inman (2015)

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Panel on bullying (2015)  Notes by Sahoko Yui.

Panel on bullying (2015)

Notes by Sahoko Yui.

Panel on Creative work (2015)  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Panel on Creative work (2015)

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Visual Notes of Invisibilia Podcast. Episode 1: The Secret History of Thoughts  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Visual Notes of Invisibilia Podcast. Episode 1: The Secret History of Thoughts

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Visual Notes of Invisibilia Podcast. Episode 1: The Secret History of Thoughts  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Visual Notes of Invisibilia Podcast. Episode 1: The Secret History of Thoughts

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Visual Notes of Invisibilia Podcast. Episode 2: Fearless  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Visual Notes of Invisibilia Podcast. Episode 2: Fearless

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Notes on graphic design principles  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Notes on graphic design principles

Notes by Sahoko Yui

LDA 21: Landscape Drafting Lecture  Notes by Sahoko Yui

LDA 21: Landscape Drafting Lecture

Notes by Sahoko Yui

Roundtable discussion at UC Berkeley  Notes by Sahoko Yui

Roundtable discussion at UC Berkeley

Notes by Sahoko Yui