How to use comics to organize and reflect (online) learning processes
Posted August 2, 2016on:
Today I’m organizing a workshop about the use of comics as Nick Sousanis describes it. I like his approach to combine pictures and words and I’m curios how my colleagues, mostly university teachers will evaluate this approach.
Part I: Nick Sousanis Approach
At the beginning I will ask people about their „relationship“ with comics (I never liked comics a lot). Then I will present some of Nick Sousanis ideas very shortly. In groups the participants will discuss the comic page Balanced between art and laguage to deal with Nick’s drawings.
Part II: Grids and gestures
The most important part of the workshop will be the part where the participants draw the shape of their days and discuss their experience. They should reflect how thinking about the day and structuring it in grids on the one hand and the drawing itself changes their perception of this day. We will discuss splashes cutting through the grid and the role of emptiness.
Part III: Transfer
At the end I will present the transfer of these ideas in my work: once I was overwhelmed with structuring a complex workshop – and drawing a comic helped! And I gave my students a voluntary comic exercise. Then the participants will work on ideas in their own context.
- Sousanis, Nick (2015). Unflattening. Harvard University Press
- Nick Sousanis (2015). Comic making exercise. SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 8.
- Nick Sousani (2015): Between Words and Pictures Emerges the Shape of Ideas. Digital Writing Month
- Unflattening: text, drawing and alternative perspectives (blogpost of Jenny Mackness)
- Meine Comics Gallery – April – Juli 2016
- Tweets mit dem Hashtag #gridsgestures
- Folien: Comics als Ordnungs-/Reflexionswerkzeug in (Online-) Lernprozessen (Deutsch)