How Adults Learn
Visualizations can make even the most mundane information more accessible and easier to digest. Two essential characteristics of how adults learn are that they are goal oriented and utilize their current knowledge and life experiences as they absorb and understand information. Putting together these two facts I created a visualization out of the lesson plan to provide clarity. This also allows students to take away a page summary of the seminar as a memory jogger when they get back to their offices.
I created a data visualization course as part a college program I was taking a few years ago and keep revisiting it as I work with clients. The content touches what seems like a series of disconnected topics, and after the first two sessions, I needed to find a way to tie all the items together.
Turn the Lesson Plan into a Visualization
I created the visualization below that splits the course up into 4 main areas; Getting Data, Modelling Data, Building Reports, and Building Dashboards. This divides each section into a specific task with the primary objectives and learning topics for the section listed out.
The students are data analysis power users, so splitting the content out into sections that they were familiar with, allows them to learn a new tool while leveraging their current work experience. Using a chronological learning path where you start from data gathering to final reports, provides a definable goal for each section. After you finish this topic, you will be able to…. for example.
Improve Memory Recall with Visualizations
Designing a lesson plan as an infographic offers optical cues for learning and provides a visual flow that helps tie the topics together. This visualization also provides a takeaway summary of the entire session on one page that the attendee can view later which assists in memory recall.
Rather than a book that sits on a shelf, an excellent looking one-page summary that hangs on the cubicle wall will go a long way to making the student more successful by helping in recalling information learned during the session.