More on Visual Problem-Solving January 31, 2008Posted by cjescribano in problem-solving.
Tags: visual problem-solving
This morning, out of curiosity, I did a search on “visual problem-solving,” and lo and behold, lots of people are solving their problems by drawing pictures. There were a number of books on Amazon. The one that most interested me was: Rapid Problem-Solving with Post-It Notes by David Straker. I read the excerpt, and it sounded similar to what I do to figure out learning designs, but instead of using post-it notes, I use 81/2 X 11 sheets of paper.
Also, my colleague, Dan Campbell, pointed out that it seems like my approach works for very visual people, like myself. For him, my paper on the wall approach isn’t structured enough. But he agreed that being able to see relationships between things is often helpful to overcome cognitive load–that overwhelmed feeling you have when you’re trying to work with too much information at once. For Dan, an Excel spreadsheet is all the visual he needs to see relationships. I need color and large spaces to see things clearly.
I’m still intrigued by the idea of solving problems using a Visual approach. Dan mentions trying to solve emotional problems that way. I’m not sure about that, but I think relationship problems are a good candidate for this approach. It would let you look at the situation more objectively and see where and why the conflict was arising.
Anyway, the big “problem” facing me right now is what to do next for my daughter’s education. She likes her current school, but she isn’t challenged enough. So, I think I’ll start putting ideas up on the wall in the hallway and see where it leads us. If nothing else, my daughter will like the idea of taping brightly colored pieces of paper on a wall!