LTC: Integrating and Supporting the Visual: How We Work

Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center, PEPS, Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center


Egohsa Awaah '08, Student Researcher; Andrea Nixon, Director of Curricular and Research Support; and Heather Tompkins, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Members of the Carleton community have been actively engaged in discussions about visual culture and visuality. Given the resource-intensive nature of the visual, discussions of curricular growth must be paired with careful considerations of the kinds of support and resources on campus. Are the sources of support that the College provides well suited to the work demanded of students and faculty as they make curricular use of visual materials? This panel will present findings from a mixed-method study about the curricular use of visual materials at Carleton. This project includes four case studies centered on assignments (film short creation, group presentation, film critique, and science writing) and the preliminary findings of a set of surveys that gauge sources and demands for support. These results give insights into how students and faculty are working, formal and informal sources of support, and provide a context for a broader conversation about coordinated approaches to supporting visual modes of expression. Additionally, this project also provides interesting insights into the ways in which Carleton students can play critical roles in designing and conducting educational research.

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