Visual Thinking for lecturers How to optimize your preparation and shape your interactions visually Details Instructor Date Time Area Sebastian Kernbach 02.03.2017 09:00-17:00 Presentation & Appearance Description and objectives The overall aim of this workshop is to help participants optimize their preparation before class and shape interactions visually in class through the use of visual thinking such as diagrams, knowledge maps or visual metaphors. Preparing and giving lectures can be challenging at times. Sometimes it may be because we feel overloaded with ideas and thoughts or we may feel overwhelmed and not motivated, or we feel disconnected with our audience. Visual thinking is promising to overcome those challenges and work more productively and enjoyable. After attending this workshop participants should: know …what visual thinking is and why it is relevant for lecturers …the benefits and risks of visual thinking …what and how to visualize be able …to sketch visual templates (diagrams, metaphors, knowledge maps), basic shapes, symbols …to apply visual thinking for their own lectures ... to align learning goals, knowledge structure and course process through visual thinking approach …value the (visual thinking) process (concept of rapid prototyping from Design Thinking) …value failure/mistakes as healthy part of that process …think visually (automatically) when approaching future issues and challenges Prerequisites No particular prerequisites are required. An open mind and curiosity are very welcome. Please note that visual thinking does not require any specific drawing skills. In fact drawing too beautifully can be a preventer from the value of visual thinking. So please don’t be shy and join even if you think of yourself as not being good at drawing. The workshop is limited to 8 participants.