Speculating. . .

PGTaylorOne of the things I liked about eLASTIC and hypertext in general is the entangling of links. I know that not everyone is keen on the messiness of visualizing those kinds of connections, but just give me a minute to speculate on the possibilities. (See TaylorDataVizSpeculative) What if the point of visualizing the learning (or “assessment”) was not to illustrate to others (teachers, principals, parents, administrators, state education departments, etc.), but rather as a reflective/learning activity in and of itself? The messiness (or not) would then be up to the student. For example, students in a recent class were tasked with mining data from their service-learning experiences, specifically using their journal/sketchbooks. Pulling from sentiment analysis design, most of the students read carefully through their journals and marked (coded) areas and pages with colored-specific sticky notes related to certain topics, goals, objectives, and/or issues (determined important according to class and/or student aims. They then created artistic data visualizations to represent their findings using traditional and digital artmaking processes.

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