Interdisciplinary Translation of Comparative Visualization

James Birt, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Queensland, Australia
Dirk S. Hovorka, School of Business Information Systems, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jonathan Nelson, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Queensland, Australia


Spatial visualisation skills and interpretations are critical in the design professions, but traditionally difficult to effectively teach. Visualization and multimedia presentation studies show positive improvements in learner outcomes for specific learning domains. But the development and translation of a comparative visualization pedagogy between disciplines is poorly understood. This research seeks to identify an approach to developing comparable multimodal and interactive visualizations and attendant student reflections for curriculum designers in courses that can utilize visualizations and manipulations. Results from previous use of comparative multimodal visualization pedagogy in a multimedia 3D modelling class are used as a guide to translation of pedagogy to architecture design. The focus is how to guide the use of comparative multimodal visualizations through media properties, lesson sequencing, and reflection to inform effective instruction and learning.