But in my spare time, I’ve been working on a little side project with an ALT Lab colleague, Enoch Hale. Enoch Hale works across the hall from me. His thing is critical thinking and faculty development. His favorite professional phrase is “intellectual move.” He asks questions.
And, of course, all that talking ended up in connection-making and collaboration, which went something like this:
“Hey Enoch, do you mind if I make a virtual quilt out of your 30 questions using notegraphy? I think people would find it visually appealing. Do you mind if I use your stuff?”
And he said ok and, using notegraphy and www.canva.com, I made this
Here’s why this story is important.
1. I love the number of connections that took place to trigger this project. It just goes to show how reading widely, experimenting, and talking with your colleagues can make great things happen.
2. I love the collaborative component of this project. Enoch had some content. I’m a graphic-designer-wannabe. Not all collaborations have to be formalized or specific to formal work duties.
3. I love that this project convinced Enoch of the importance of visuals. Enoch is a text-based guy, but he says that this experience has convinced him that aesthetics really matter. Given that Enoch is the most cheerful skeptic I’ve ever met – and that he demands that others provide him with experiences (not logic nor argument) to make him change his mind…this is big news. I’m patting myself on the back.
4. I love that Enoch thinks that this quilt will help him engage faculty in provocative questions around teaching and learning.
5. I love that I get a new poster.
If you want to download this as a pdf or a png, feel free to do so here .