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IDEAS: Integrated Disciplinary Education for Academic Scholarship: Symposium 2015

Symposium 2015


Celebrating a decade of IDEAS...

You are cordially invited to join a fascinating immersion that explores the power of visual thinking on the scholarship of teaching and learning throughout higher education….across the academic disciplines.


8:30 am – 2:45 pm

Nassau Community College - CCB 252-53


"Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought."

Albert Szent-Györgyi


What is Visual Thinking?

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, "visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials."

Program Agenda

          Description: ncc logo        10th Annual IDEAS Symposium
                                     LITERACY THROUGH VISUAL THINKING                                                 


8:45 – 9:15 am          Registration / Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 am          Welcome and Opening Remarks
                                     Dr. Kenneth K. Saunders, Executive Vice President, NCC
                                     Melanie Hammer, Dean, Arts & Humanities, NCC
                                     Suzanne Liff, Professor, Dept. of Rdg/BEP. IDEAS Coordinator, NCC

9:30 – 10:30 am        Keynote Presentation 
                                      Visual Thinking…Where Learning Meets Design

                                     Mercer Hall and Patricia A. Russac
                                     The American Society for Innovation Design in Education

10:30 – 10:45 am      Break
10:45 – 11:45 am     Morning Workshop
                                    Applying the Tools of Graphicacy to Our Disciplines

                                    Mercer Hall and Patricia A. Russac
11:45 – 12:15 pm      Lunch

12:15 – 12:30 pm      Special Guest Presentation
                                      Just Pictures

                                      Susan Kravitz, Professor Emerita, NCC                                     

12:30 – 1:00 pm        Visualizing the Invisible
                                     Dr. Birgit Woelker, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, NCC

1:00 – 1:45 pm          Leading Lines: Photography for Scholarly Formation & Revision
                                     Kim Ballerini, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, NCC

1:45- 2:30 pm            Imagine That: Combining Creativity & Critical Thinking
                                     Christine Faraday, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Library, NCC
                                     Alison Guest, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Art, NCC


2:30-2:45 pm             Closing Visions and NEST Raffle Drawing

The IDEAS Consortium gratefully acknowledges the NCC Foundation, The NCC Alumni Association, and the office of the Dean for Arts and Humanities for their gracious support.

What is Graphicacy?

What Is Graphicacy? from The ASIDE Blog on Vimeo.

Graphicacy refers to the skills of analyzing visual information. Graphicacy is an essential proficiency in encoding and decoding images. This motion graphic (or explainer video) emphasizes the need for graphicacy instruction at all levels.

For more information, check out the resources and ideas at the ASIDE blog, created by The American Society For Innovation Design In Education: