Lugano, Switzerland

Visual Thinking for (PhD) Researchers

when 12 August 2022 - 13 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 200

Workshop contents and objectives
The overall aim of this workshop is to help participants enhance their thinking and communication skills through the use of visual thinking such as diagrams, knowledge maps or visual metaphors. Working on the dissertation or research papers can be frustrating at times. Sometimes it may be because we feel overloaded with ideas and thoughts (cognitively), or we may feel overwhelmed and not motivated (emotionally), or we feel disconnected to our supervisor or peers (socially). Visual thinking is promising to overcome those challenges and work more productively and enjoyable.

This workshop will provide participants with the foundation of what visual thinking is and why it is beneficial for our thinking and communication. Based on these foundations participants will learn more about the benefits and risks of visual thinking. Participants will see different visual forms through examples (tree diagrams, empathy maps and many more) and acquire sketching skills to express themselves visually. (You don't have to be a good drawer or creative to be able to sketch!) Participants will apply what they have learned to visualizing the story of their PhD or research project and the process of conducting a literature review. In addition you are more than welcome to bring your current research problem or challenge so that we can tackle it visually.
Prerequisites
No particular prerequisites are required. An open mind and curiosity are very welcome. Please note that visual thinking does not require any specific drawing skills. In fact drawing too beautifully can be a preventer from the value of visual thinking. So please don't be shy and join even if you think of yourself as a not so good drawer.

Course leader

Sebastian Kernbach has a PhD in Communication Science in which he focused on Visual Collaborative Knowledge Work in knowledge-intense collaboration in Professional Services Firms and Design Thinking.

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

The overall aim of this workshop is to help participants enhance their thinking and communication skills through the use of visual thinking such as diagrams, knowledge maps or visual metaphors. Working on the dissertation or research papers can be frustrating at times. Sometimes it may be because we feel overloaded with ideas and thoughts (cognitively), or we may feel overwhelmed and not motivated (emotionally), or we feel disconnected to our supervisor or peers (socially). Visual thinking is promising to overcome those challenges and work more productively and enjoyable.

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 200: Normal fee for the Preliminary workshop only.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.