Initial Publication Date: June 4, 2018

Educating Skillful Visualizers

Friday, March 30, 2018

10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Kim Kastens (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) and Tim Shipley (Temple University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.

Registration is closed.


Visualizations can be a powerful tool for both thinking and communicating. As with other tools, proficiency can be fostered through education and practice. But how? This webinar will share insights emerging from an interdisciplinary workshop held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science & Education. The workshop group compiled, shared, and organized ideas from research and practice on:

  • what cognitive and information resources do experts draw on when interpreting visualizations?
  • how can we help learners extract insights from scientific visualizations?
  • how can we help learners express their own ideas via visualizations?
  • how can we assess learners' progress towards visualization mastery?

The scope of the workshop encompassed both concept-driven visualizations (e.g. flowcharts, diagrams) and data-driven visualizations (e.g. data graphs and maps). Although the workshop drew from across the STEM disciplines, for this webinar the examples will be drawn from InTeGrate instructional materials for teaching about the Earth.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • Ideas for visualization learning goals that you might want to build towards in your teaching
  • Knowledge of a toolkit of instructional strategies for fostering visualization competency
  • Examples of classroom-ready activities that simultaneously foster both: (a) learning about the Earth and (b) improved facility with geoscientific visualizations.


Time - 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
- Online web presentation via Zoom meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Registration is closed.

Please email Mitchell Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.


Kim Kastens, Special Research Scientist, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Tim Shipley, Associate Professor, Psychology, Temple University


Webinar Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 66.4MB Mar30 18)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks – Mitchell Awalt, SERC

2) Webinar presentation - Kim Kastens and Tim Shipley

  • Welcome
  • Learning goals for "skillful visualizers"
  • Quick glimpse at nine instructional strategies explored in the workshop (with polling on whether you use them)
  • Deep dive into two strategies, illustrated with InTeGrate examples
  • What strategies are you colleagues using?

3) Questions and Reflections by participants

4) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

5) Opportunities for further interaction - Mitchell Awalt, SERC

6) Webinar Evaluation


Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 511MB Mar30 18)

InTeGrate examples of the instructional strategies explored in the workshop

A starting point for resources on creating visualizations