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Kirchoff, Bruce K [1].

Making a Visual Key: A Lab Exercise with Practical Consequences.

In this workshop you will make a completely visual key – a key a key based exclusively on images – and learn about why these types of keys are more effective than traditional text-based keys. This will be a hands-on workshop in which everyone can participate. The procedure you learn can be easily adapted to the classroom and used, with the appropriate modification, at any level from high school through graduate school. - - - Although illustrations have played an important role in identification keys and guides since the 18th century, their use has varied widely. Some keys lack all illustrations, while others are heavily illustrated. Even within illustrated keys and guides the way in which images are used varies considerably. During this workshop we will review some best practices for image use in keys, and create a completely visual key. These types of keys have been made possible by advances in digital imaging, which has allowed the rapid collection of standardized photographs of plants. Characters in visual keys are visually, not verbally defined. During the workshop participants will learn how to create a visual key, and will create a visual key to a group of taxa.

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Related Links:
Principles of Visual Key Construction
Image Use in Field Guides and Identification Keys

1 - University Of North Carolina At Greensboro, Department Of Biology, PO BOX 26170, GREENSBORO, NC, 27402-6170, USA, 919-304-2991

visual learning
laboratory exercise
plant identification
identification guides.

Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: WS13, Making a Visual Key: A Lab Exercise with Practical Consequences)
Location: 105/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Number: WS13001
Abstract ID:22
Candidate for Awards:None

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