EDUO 9764: The Art of Doodling

Instructor: Ron Kremer

You must be currently teaching students to successfully complete this course.

Explore the benefits of doodling, from making random marks to intentional expression. Gain a deeper understanding of the power of the doodle.

From the Instructor

There has been a stigma attached to doodling. “It is a waste of time!” “You are not paying attention!”

In the past several years the tide of opinion has been slowly turning in doodling’s favor. Educators, business leaders, and the medical field are beginning to recognize emerging patterns of benefits related to the act of doodling.

“…doodling is deep thinking in disguise – a simple, accessible, and dynamic tool for innovating and solving even the stickiest problems. Doodling has led to countless breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, architecture, literature, and art.”
Online book review: Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, BookPeople, 2014.

You will be engaged in a number of activities with your students that provide opportunities for them to doodle at several levels of involvement, from making random marks to intentional expression. They will also explore the benefits of doodling.

There are three types of student activities from which to choose:

  • Doodling experiments to determine the benefits of doodling.
  • Simulations of doodling that led to discoveries in mathematics.
  • Art lessons and explorations related to doodling.

There is an invitation for you to brainstorm with the instructor to design a doodling activity of your own and carry it out with your students. This is an opportunity for you to tailor a doodling activity to your current curriculum.

Doodling is therapeutic and cathartic in nature. It simultaneously relaxes the mind and also opens it up to novel solutions for difficult problems that are easier to solve by exploring visual relationships. Doodling provides another avenue for student success by appealing to the visual/spatial learner.

“While doodling gets a bad rap, it’s actually associated with better learning, creativity and performance. Here are five of doodling benefits:

  • Doodling helps you concentrate
  • Doodling makes you a more productive employee
  • Doodling can also keep you in the present moment
  • Doodling is an outlet for every day creativity
  • Doodling helps you generate ideas”
  • Online article: 5 Big Benefits of Being a Doodler, Anna Almendrala, Huffpost Healthy Living, 2015.

This course is most appropriate for teachers of third grade through adult learners. The content of this course lends itself easily to teachers of art curriculum, but is used effectively by any teacher open to alternative ways of mastering complex ideas through visual brainstorming. Doodling is a dynamic way to represent science concepts in note-taking during lectures and personal study periods.

This course may not be appropriate for teachers who require traditional methods for studying and note taking.

“The Art of Doodling” is an unusual approach to learning that allows nontraditional methods that appeal to visual learners and provides another path to success for students.

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  • Price: $135
  • 1 Unit

Instructor: Ron Kremer