“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Friday, 7 March 2008

Comics for Learning and Teaching

No, Bill Hicks and Tommy Cooper haven't risen and donned mortar boards - what I'm talking about here is the graphic medium in which words and images are utilised in order to convey a narrative (thanks Wikipedia). This started when I came across these REALLY easy to use online comic-strip creators (go on, try one!):
But, for Learning and Teaching? Well, a brief search found Comics: A Multi-dimensional Teaching Aid..., which convincingly outlines a number of reasons and pedagogical uses of comics (and offers some nice references to follow up). Also, my esteemed colleague and Learning Advisor, Marios, has created such a resource which focuses on introductory critical thinking skills, which you can have a look at here.


  1. Hi BiluśHave you heard of toondoo - http://www.toondoo.com/. It's another great comics creator. Well worth a visit.Patricia

  2. Thanks Patricia,It IS good, isn't it - especially the 'books' feature which is a great way to present a longer toon. I've updated my list here - thanks a lot!Cheers, Biluś :-)

  3. Big comic fan here, both in and out of the classroom. I've found several resources online at http://www.dedicatedteacher.com which have helped me when teaching my classes how to write comics. Also, the site has ebooks that focus on using comics as learning aids, which can be very effective with some students.

  4. Thanks for the tip, Ben!


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