Visual Support for Learning
Nick Napper PhD
Humans communicated visually for hundreds of thousands of years before language existed. That’s why almost a third of our cerebral cortex is devoted to interpreting images and also creating them in our imagination.
Too often this enormous cognitive resource is unused in teaching and training; either wasted by internet images which are rarely quite right, or blocked by on-screen text identical to the lecturer’s words.
Very few teacher training courses include guidance on how to use the visual medium to help learning ‘stick’. The research and knowledge exists to inform a generation of adult educators, however much sadly languishes in text books and in journal articles which reside behind pay walls.
This anomally was the subject of my PhD and this website and associatec resources have been created to begin to redress this imbalance in adult learning.