What are spatial skills?

Examples of spatial skills are the abilities to translate 2-D objects to 3-D and to mentally rotate 3-D objects.  Although these skills are used across many disciplines, including engineering, architecture, geology, medicine and computer science, not everyone has good spatial skills. Many people who have poor spatial skills believe it is something “they are just not good at”.  Even good students can have poor spatial skills that can be barriers to learning.

The truth is that spatial skills are malleable – they can be learned!

Dr. Sheryl Sorby, founder and CEO of Higher Education Services, is an internationally renowned researcher and consultant in spatial training. Based on her extensive research, she has created a spatial training program, Developing Spatial Thinking, including a proven curriculum to improve students’ spatial skills.

We invite you to explore…

…the capabilities of Higher Education Services, the experience of Dr. Sheryl Sorby and the “Developing Spatial Thinking” curriculum. Higher Education Services’ mission is to advance spatial research and training worldwide, empowering students to be successful in their studies and ultimately their careers.

Popular Resources about Spatial Skills

Spatial Visualization: A Promising Intervention for Promoting Student Equity (webinar recording)

Men Are Better At Maps Until Women Take This Course – A bit of education can erase a definitive cognitive gap between men and women

Can Teaching Spatial Skills Help Bridge the STEM Gender Gap? 

Spatial Training is already an online course

Many of you are familiar with the classroom version of this course.  The online course consists of a pre- and post-course spatial skills (PSVT:R) assessment test,  10 topical lessons with mini-lesson lectures, 24 getting started sketching videos, online instructional software modules, a sketching workbook and set of snap cubes. Instructors can monitor student progress.