Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Visual Metaphor

As you put your course together, think about a metaphor that you can weave throughout the course. As an example, an English Literature instructor might choose to organize their course by chapters (like a book) while a Geography instructor might use a map as a metaphor. Use of a metaphor can connect the student to the content and provide some relief from organizational strategies that look and feel the same to the student.


  1. I like this idea. I'm doing a Human Resource Management class in the fall and I think I will set it up like an Employee Handbook. For example, I might call the chapters on compensation and benefits "Your paycheck"...

  2. I like this idea. I bet your students will enjoy the metaphor as well. Let us know about any interesting comments from the students.