Integrative Visual Projects for Cognitive Learning

Integrative Visual Projects for Cognitive Learning

Anna Ursyn (University of Northern Colorado, USA)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 44
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0480-1.ch012
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Abstract

This chapter comprises integrative studies on selected processes, events, and related technologies associated with several science categories. Learning projects are designed around themes drawn from events existing in everyday life, yet they familiarize the readers with complex disciplines and their applications. Complexity of apparently simple topics is presented in projects about familiar objects or actions. They are aimed at broadening the readers' general knowledge and experience rather than the technical or professional training. Topics and projects present nature- and science-related themes in terms of concept visualization including selected subjects pertaining to the basic sciences such physics, chemistry, biology, geography, or biology-inspired computing and modeling. The reader is encouraged to approach learning holistically and present concepts by creating technology based projects about visual presentation of information.
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1. The Tail Story

Some comments about the role of a tail in animal life introduce the reader to this learning experience. They are followed by basic information about biological and physical factors that may determine the use of a tail and the tail’s presence in a verbal and visual culture. A learning project is aimed at motivating the reader to create a story involving a tailed creature, and develop its representation. A vehicle for this story may be presented in 2d, 3d, or 4d in order to convey a positive, constructive motif or message.

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