Start Doodling in Class: The Value of Lo Fi Graphics in eLearning

Going to class and taking notes go hand in hand. And often, particularly when taking notes by hand, note-taking and doodling go hand in hand.

It turns out that there’s value in those doodles. So much value, in fact, that now this type of doodling has a name: “sketchnotes”.

“Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines.”
– Mike Rohde, The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note-Taking (2013)

Rohde’s book mainly discusses the why, how and what of using sketchnotes as an alternative to jotting down traditional handwritten notes during conferences and talks (lectures). But, after the success of his first book, Rohde published a second book that expands on the uses of the sketchnote (The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere (2015)). The new book discusses sketchnoting for idea generation, idea mapping, planning, and documentation (of how-to guides, travel experiences, food experiences, movies, TV and media).

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