Drawing for learning. There are numerous ways in which we can use drawing for learning. In this example we explore the idea of students researching and analysing the chapters of a book, ‘Social Problems in the UK’. By using group discussions, critical analysis and finally through the creation of drawing and animation students are able to create digital artefacts, hence reinforcing their learning and which can be reviewed easily for revision and even potentially future assessment.
Prior to the start of the activities students were given a short presentation on basic drawing tips, not initially just to help students have a better understanding of the animation process and basic drawing skills but mainly to encourage new concepts and creative ideas.
View Presentation: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/Drawing/
Below are some of the videos created by the students:
Understanding and defining social peoblems
Work and Unemployment
Creativity at London Met
Here is our first creative challenge: we are setting you a real research and resource development task. It may be that your tutor has already embedded this in one of your courses – in which case, good luck, and we hope to see your resources soon:
Research learning development and study and academic skills – build resources or animations to tackle the issues that you discover – get involved!
Information, further research and reflection
To help inspire you to Draw for Learning, we have gathered together these resources. Explore the following websites and emerse yourself in the area of creative learning.
Excellent drawing workshop:
Creativity, learning & doodling:
Best thing ever:
The sketchbook revolution: notemaking & drawing:
Drawtivity – site for e-learning, drawing & feedback:
Visual Directions: use of sketchbooks for developing ideas & reflective learning & essay writing:
Explore links and information available from Pauline Ridley's Drawing to Learn site:
... and ideas on visual learning strategies :
Observational skills for geoscience fieldwork :
Techniques for drawing botanical subjects under the microscope
Looking vs. Seeing: 15’Tutorial: Getting the most out of Microscope Viewing
Picturing to Learn. This is part of the Harvard Envisioning Science Program. It enables undergraduate students to clarify their own understanding of scientific concepts and processes by making freehand drawings to explain these concepts to non-experts. These drawings are also used as assessment tools.