In certain contexts, groups move rapidly through intense learning modules that build on one another over the course of a session. Our approach entails a carefully designed visual surround that aims to enable participants to: 1) manage the volume and complexity of the material they are engaging with, 2) make connections across different modules over a long period (several days or up to a month), and 3) use visuals woven into the overall agenda as tools for individual and group reflection.
In our experience, we can use visuals to create a deep space for learning and attention, while aiding in the transition between and across various threads of content.
We have applied this approach successfully in the context of Executive Education, within sessions where individual and group learning is a primary objective. In these cases, we partner with professors to ensure the visuals are culturally embedded to enable sense-making and retention.
It has also proved successful within C-Suite strategy and visioning work, where executives need to be able to see and understand a very large picture, while making connections with all constituent parts.
We have additionally used this approach in online educational offerings and MOOCs, where visual surround is a factor in distance learning.