Visual Learning System: Generic Goal-Driven Problem Solving with Plan and Sub-plan
Dr. Alireza Ebrahimi.
The main theme of a visual system is to break a problem down into smaller manageable units and further break it down into smallest units as much as needed, depending on the level of the learner as well as the depth of learning. This unit of abstraction is known as plan. A plan is a solution or sub-solution to a problem. A teacher or learner represents each plan or sub-plan visually by a distinguishable icon in system tools as well as in the mind. Learning can be accomplished when a plan is decomposed into sub-plans and the divided sub-plans are integrated to reconstruct the original plan using the correct spatial relationships provided by the system. A plan, such as building a house, itself may consist of other plans, such as plans for doors and windows, which also may be composed of sub-plans. The sub-plans are then integrated one by one to form the final plan, which is the final solution. Traditional learning is done through reading literature either from paper or on computer, listening to lectures in a linear way. However, in a Visual Learning System, learning is structured and pre-planned and goal oriented at each stage. The Visual System has three learning phases knows as: rehearsal (observation), partial learning (spatial plan understanding and integration), and full learning (creation and innovation).
Dr. Alireza Ebrahimi (United States)
School of Business - MIS
State University of New York
(60 min. Workshop, English)