Building Minds, Forging Bridges: Teaching in a Visually Littered World

Arianne Rourke and Vaughan Rees (eds)

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

The 21st century learner is faced with an avalanche of visual imagery in the media and on the World Wide Web that enhances as well as distracts from learning. The 21st century educator in higher education needs to understand how to embrace visual culture and digital imagery to accelerate and deepen learning. This book provides a theoretical as well as practical basis for utilising visual imagery in teaching to build minds and forge bridges between the classroom and the learner’s real world experiences. Through an understanding of visual literacy, visual memory, colour theory, visual autobiography, the role of narrative and metaphor, semantic cues and prototypical examples, this book will explore how best to utilise visual imagery to promote meaningful active learning. It will also discuss how mobile eye tracking technology, mind maps and concept cartoons can be used to stimulate learning and promote critical independent thinking.

Keywords: Teaching, Technology, Visuals

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 12.141MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Arianne Rourke

Senior Lecturer, The School of Art History and Art Education, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Arianne Rourke is a Senior lecturer in the School of Art History and Art Education at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She teaches design history and theory in the Bachelor of Design and coordinates the Internship and Research paper courses in the Master of Art Administration. Her research is in Cognitive load theory, visual literacy, learning style modalities, expert/novice differences and online teaching and learning examining ways of improving instructional design towards the long-term retention of learning. Dr. Rourke has widely published her experimental research into teaching and learning in higher education and has recently co-edited a book with Kathryn Coleman titled: Pedagogy Leads Technology, Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: New Pedagogies, New Technologies with Common Grounds Publishing She has also co-authored a book with Dr Zena O’Connor titled Effective use of visuals in higher education, published by Nova Science. She holds the following degrees: BA(Vis.Arts), AMCAE; BEd(Art), SCAE; MA(History), UNSW; MA(Hons) Macq; MHEd, UNSW; MPhil(HE), UNSW and EdD, UNSW.

Dr. Vaughan Rees

Senior Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Vaughan Rees is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a practicing artist and design educator with nearly forty years of experience teaching at secondary schools and universities. His research focuses on Visual Autobiography as both an artistic outcome and as a research methodology. The dominant medium of his art practice is drawing and his recently he has been exploring the notion of place, travel, personal consumption and global transformation. Dr. Rees has exhibited in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States of America. He co-authored the successful book series Artifacts published by McGraw-Hill and was awarded an Australian Book Publishers’ Award for the first book in the series.


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