is a partnership that developed course materials for teaching students how to become "literate" in a huge range of visual tools. They've also produced a "periodic table"
of visualization methods that breaks out all the tools you might want to use to visualize data, information, concepts, or strategies, with a nice example of each one.
These kinds of tools at conferences make the environment for attendees extremely rich. Instead of just hearing speakers, or just seeing endless PowerPoint slides, attendees can explore information-rich environments that engage them in making connections between the content and their everyday lives. Since most people (in part, at least) learn visually, these visual tools alone can create much more powerful interactions among attendees outside the main lecture hall at a conference.
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