Drawing and Graphics

We experiment with a variety of visual tools to promote conceptual understanding, strategic thinking, and effective communication. Scan through examples from workshops and pilots that explore new ways to bring drawing, mapping, and graphics into teaching and learning.

Forced Migration

A sample from storyboarding experiments is shown above. Visual frames are sketched to depict the changing nature of forced migration and the continuum of underlying contextual factors. The Incubator has prioritized the global challenge of displaced populations as one of our critical thematic areas for 2016. Educational materials for high-school, college, and graduate school levels are being developed using a range of media.

Investing in Youth

Alexa Kutler, a graduate student at the Divinity School who worked with the Incubator this past summer, sketched this depiction of the Incubator's theme on youth, emphasizing the three broad dimensions of vulnerability and agency, education and employment, and prevention and policy.

Conceptualizing the Studio

Even our earliest drafts for the multimedia studio for visual learning and teaching incorporated drawing, diagrams and maps.  Over the last year, we have been experimenting with different ways to use drawing as both a tool for pedagogy and as a vehicle for active student engagement.

Suicide in Nepal

Nina Bhattacharya (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) sketches a quick visual summary of a recent article on suicide in Nepal. Nina is collaborating with the Incubator on visual facilitation, dialogue facilitation, and note-taking workshops for graduate students this spring.


Sue Goldie met with faculty from across the university to share thoughts about interdisciplinary teaching. This sketch emerged from a series of one on one meetings.

Teaching Fellows and Educational Ecosystems

A sketch from the teaching fellow summer workshops which incorporated our "educational ecosystem" perspective to teaching and learning spaces.  This perspective identifies and distinguishes different attributes of elements in the ecosystem (e.g., learners, teachers, content and pedagogy, tools and technologies, space & environment) paying deliberative attention to each in the design of new prototypes and pilots.

Storyboarding Internal Displacement in Syria

Jake Waxman storyboards the context of internal displacement in Syria as he prepares a multimedia instructional video for forced migration within borders as part of a final project for DGMD E-40 (Making Educational Video) taught by Marlon Kuzmick at the Harvard Extension School.

Drawing Passion

Camilla Finlay, the Incubator's Multimedia Coordinator, assembled a playful look behind the scenes at Incubator Director Sue J. Goldie's experimentation with drawing and visual communication.