Dyslexia Superpower Syllabus: Answers on a postcard (51/52)

In this penultimate blog, I am asking a simple question whilst knowing fully well the answer is complicated – or at least I hope it is!

What should be included in a course designed to help people, both with and without dyslexia, develop their picture thinking skills?

Of course, I’m using ‘picture thinking’ as shorthand for visual, spatial thinking that enhances problem solving.

What do you think?

Answers on a postcard by commenting on this blog or just email me at thedysexicprofessor@gmail.com

As a starter for 10, please see below some of my suggestions for ‘Envisioning 101‘ for first year undergraduates and delivered over 10 weeks:

Week 1: Introduction
Content: Module structure, pedagogy (flipped classroom and MOOCs), assistive technologies, expectations, formative feedback and summative assessment.
Format: Workshop, ability assessment 1.

Week 2: Developing your creativity
Content: Ideation and innovation skills.
Format: Workshop
Reading: Burstein, J. and Andersen, K. (2012) Spark: How Creativity Works. Harper Paperbacks.
Video: a) Julie Burstein, b) Janet Echelman, c) Amy Tan
MOOCDiscover how to shape your world with innovation

Week 3: Picture thinking
Content: Visual and spatial thinking skills, how to draw, mind mapping.
Format: Workshop, poster presentations.
Reading: a) Brand, W.,‎ Pieter Koene, P., Ars, M. and Verheijen, P. (2017) Visual Thinking: Empowering People & Organizations through Visual Collaboration, Bis Publishers. b) Scriberia (2017) How to Draw Anything, Quercus Editions.
Video: a) Temple Grandin, b) Sunni Brown, c) Neil Burgess
MOOC: Big Data: Data Visualisation

Week 4: Understanding multiple perspectives
Content: Empathy, listening skills.
Format: Workshop, acted case study, role play.
Reading:  Krznaric, R. (2015) Empathy: Why It Matters, And How To Get It, Rider.
Video: a) Joan Halifax, b) Jeremy Rifkin
MOOC: a) How to Read Your Boss, b) Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good

Week 5: Working with others
Content: Team-working and networking skills.
Format: Workshop. Lego game.
Reading: Sinek, S. (2017) Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t  and (2016) Together is Better: A Little Book of InspirationPortfolio Penguin.
Video: a) Nicholas Christakis, b) Howard Rheingold, c) Tom Wujec
MOOCManaging People: Engaging Your Workforce

Week 6: Communicating your ideas
Content: Presentation skills.
Format: Workshop, individual presentations.
Reading: Anderson, C. (2018) TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking, Headline.
Video: a) Chris Anderson, b) Nancy Duarte, c) Julian Treasure
MOOC: Persuasive Communication: What Makes Messages Persuasive?

Week 7: System thinking
Content: Holistic thinking skills.
Format: Workshop.
Reading: Checkland, P. and Scholes, J. (2009) Soft Systems Methodology: a 30-year retrospection, John Wiley & Sons.
Video: a) Eric Berlow, b) Peter Checkland, c) Tom Wujec
MOOC: a) Systems Thinking and Complexity, b) Logical and Critical Thinking,

Week 8: Problem solving in practice 1
Content: Learning through case study of significant organisational challenge.
Format: Workshop, group presentations.
MOOCUsing Creative Problem Solving

Week 9: Problem solving in practice 2
Content: Learning by responding to big societal challenges.
Format: Workshop, group presentations.
MOOCUnleash Your Potential: Global Citizenship

Week 10: Reflecting on your experience
Content: Learning through reflection of theory and practice.
Format: Workshop, personal poster presentations, Ability assessment 2.
Reading: Thompson, S. and Thompson, N. (2009) The Critically Reflective Practitioner, Palgrave.
Video: Diana Laufenberg
MOOCLearning Online: Reflecting and Sharing

What do you think? What have I missed?

Nigel LockettThe Dyslexic Professor
University dyslexia support

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