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This issue is all about visuals and graphic facilitation.


Did you know that only 37% of learners are audio-sequential thinkers and that 63% are special-visual thinkers? That means 2/3 people learn better with visual support than through listening alone. Visuals can include graphics, text, photos, drawings, charts, and more.
How Can I Use This? You should include visual considerations from the earliest stages in your production flow when you frame the scope of your project, your target group, and content concept. Why? Because the visual style of your project affects decisions about personnel, costs, content, and delivery. While the subject matter experts on the project know the content of the project, the visual experts on the production team will be able to open possibilities and reveal limitations early on in the planning process to avoid delays, inflated costs, and missed opportunities. In other words, don’t forget to include your visual expert right away and keep an open channel of communication pre-production. And if you don’t have a visual expert on hand? As an ACTLearn partner you have access to the Learning Lab team, and we will be happy to work with you.
What exactly does a creative learning designer do? She does many things to support thinking, organisation, and – yes – add creativity, (in shape of visuals, interactivity or similar learning-motivating-elements), in the design of learning projects. At least that is how Gry O Zierau of Learning Lab carries out her role. In our end of summer issue, you had the chance to read about how Gry and Maria Möller of Church of Sweden collaborated to create a poster and e-learning that explained CoS’s PMERL process. In this issue we will take a closer look at creative learning design and graphic facilitation. 
When asked why visuals are so powerful, Gry points out that visuals are the first communication-skill we learn in life, as right from childhood we use visual cues such as facial expressions, colours, and light to understand our environment. Moreover, visuals support words by stimulating different parts of the brain and even emotional responses. The result is a more “open highway” and collaboration among the intelligences within one person - and a broader common understanding between different types of people.
Graphic facilitation is NOT about beautiful or perfect drawings – in fact, the first thing to practice is how to make quick sketches without overthinking them.  As a graphic facilitator, you don’t have to identify yourself as a creative person (or as someone who can draw!). In fact, using visuals is an effective and quick way for anyone to add structure and organisation to ideas compared to using written notes alone; graphic facilitation really is a happy marriage between left and right brain thinking!
Gry uses these skills actively like in September when she created interactive and visual tools for the Strategy, Advocacy, and Learning Unit summit at DCA. Ahead of her are other workshops planned – and for one she will be teaching basic graphic facilitation in November for the International Finance Unit. If you would like to know more about this methodology, please contact her at
Gry O Zierau adds a post-it note to the interactive learning flow banner from the SAL Fall Summit. The 25 participants created input throughout the 2 days to collaboratively build content. 
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