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 Instruction just got easier

With the abrupt change to remote instruction, we’re finding that too much screen time can negatively impact students. There is such a thing as Zoom fatigue! We’ve created a hybrid version of our spatial training course that includes a new sketching only workbook. You can use your own LMS for spatial quizzes that don’t involve sketching.

This can give students a break from their screens to engage in pencil and paper sketching and can be a welcome change.

Explore these new resources for new times.