Dear Leslie and all,
I don’t think we can limit on-line seminar presentations to the types that you tentatively suggest, Leslie. In Zurich, at least, face-to-face presentations as lectures are usually accompanied by visuals. In fact, images on screen that relate to the lecture text are strongly encouraged. In line with the Zürich tradition, the last IAJS Phoenix conference emphasized the importance of coloured images as well as the text which made the presentations particularly effective.
When I read Jean’s post with her wonderfully evocative images of Baltimore’s street rallies, her rich, colourful description of the flowers blossoming in Sherwood Gardens, I felt intensely alive and receptive. I did not feel bored or distracted. In fact, those images increased my ability to concentrate. Studies in education ( Congram, 2008; Fergus-Jean, 2009) have shown that working with images as well as words in text form increases cognitive thinking rather than diminishes it.
So let’s leave the way we present IAJS on-line discussions open, so that we allow for flexibility, in particular space for those images which both Jean, Evangeline and others with those gifts, so spontaneously and creatively offer us in their texts.
With warm wishes, Liz Broders