Visualization & Representation Workshop Series

This workshop series explored how to use visuals to enhance learning and stimulate creativity across disciplines. 

Incorporating Artifacts into Your Teaching
At this session, led by Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage, and of the Haffenreffer Museum Prof. Steve Lubar (American Civilization), participants learned how the use of relevant artifacts can facilitate teaching and enhance student learning.

Making Visual Illusions
This workshop, led by Profs. Leslie Welch (Brown) and Carl Fasano (RISD), examined the process of developing an interdisciplinary course and explored how the creation and perception of visuals is integrated into the course learning goals.  The speakers shared their experiences in developing an interdisciplinary course that integrates visual arts + psychology.

Teaching Effectively with Visuals
This workshop, led by Sheridan Center Director Kathy Takayama, explored how visuals can be used to enhance learning and provided strategies for fostering visual thinking skills. 

Using Visual Images to Enhance Critical Thinking and Communication
This workshop, led by Jacqueline Cossentino (Visual Thinking Strategies) & Irene Papoulis (Trinity College), introduced Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and communication skills through discussions of visual images. Faculty can apply VTS skills to any discipline. At this workshop, participants experienced VTS in action and learned to refine and rethink their own analyses. They left with a deeper understanding of how critical thinking is cultivated, useful tools for facilitating analytic discussions, and enhanced ability to examine visual images of all kinds.