Engaging Your Students with Visual Representations: Why, What, and How

Thursday, Friday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online


Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University
Tim Shipley, Temple University

Visual-spatial reasoning is important for understanding many of the structures and processes in the geosciences. To make learning more efficient, instructors must engage students using strategies that facilitate their spatial reasoning. This workshop will present evidence from the science of learning about spatial reasoning and using visuals, demonstrate tools for engaging students with visuals in an in-person and online learning environment, suggest strategies for structuring student engagement with visual spatial concepts, and engage participants in developing an activity to promote visual spatial reasoning in their classroom. Activities produced by participants of this workshop will be included in a Pedagogy in Action page for the GeoClick project (NSF #1835950).

This workshop will provide the first 40 eligible* participants with a $200 stipend. All stipends will be disbursed after the Rendezvous.

*Please note that stipends are NSF-funded so to be supported by this funding, participants must be either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a U.S. institution. All participants are expected to participate in the entire workshop and submit an activity at the end of the workshop.