Visual Pedagogy: Deepening learning by creating comics – hero style!

My Evidence-based, Innovative and Fun Visual Pedagogy

Deepening learning by creating comics – hero style!

Example #1: Introduction to Psychology

“Get cape. Wear cape. Fly.”  – Wellness research projects – 14-days of data collection

CapU and KPU Learners (6 sections) – Fall2021 and Spring2022

Using visual narratives — stick figure comics — to share learners’ research progress reports.

Click on the following links to read research comics. (Hint: Click on “find by author code” to read each learners research story)

Go to website Get cape research comics Fall 2021

Go to website Get cape research comics Spring 2022

Example #2: Research Methods and Introduction to Psychology

“Research happens!” and “Psyc happens!”

  • JIBC Research Methods learners Fall2020 and Jan2021 (2 sections)
  • CapU and KPU Introduction to Psychology learners (6 sections) Fall2021 and Spring2022

Learners’ find and show — via stick figure comics — their personal connections to our weekly course topics.

Click on the following links to read comics. (Hint: Click on “each course topic” to read a collection of learners stories related to that week’s theme)

Go to website “Research happens!” comics Fall2020 and Winter2021

Go to website “Psyc happens!” comics Fall2021

Go to website “Psyc happens!” comics Spring2022

Example #3: Professional development for Faculty colleagues

“Strange Times: A graphic novel about educating during the COVID pandemic”

Faculty colleagues reframe their own teaching experiences living through the pandemic in terms of the hero’s journey (and they learn to use SPLOTs along the way).

Click on the following link to read comics. (Hint: Click on “find by author code” to read a collection of each faculty member’s recollections.

Go to website “Strange Times” Faculty members comics Spring2022

About

Dr. Jessica Motherwell McFarlane is a professional education consultant on gender, anti-oppression and social justice issues and a research associate at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is also the developer and director of the Life Outside the Box program that uses visual narratives as a way to SEE conflict and injustice from new perspectives. Jessica facilitates groups and schools needing to have complex — and sometimes emotionally painful — conversations. She offers workshops to at-risk children, youth, and adults on: Truth and Reconciliation, transforming bullying situations, and rehearsing best practices for self-care, inclusivity, and kindness.