Research as Experimental Process: Portraiture Methodology

Poster Description: This poster describes using Portraiture Methodology as an instructional tool for information literacy instruction, as well as teaching the research process using Portraiture Methodology to transfer students in a distance architecture program.

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Presenter Name: Tath Haver, Texas Tech University

Presenter Bio(s): Tath Haver is the Architecture Public Services Librarian at Texas Tech University. Please email him at! Happy to make connections

3 replies on “Research as Experimental Process: Portraiture Methodology”

Hi Tath,
This is a very interesting idea! What was the student feedback? Particularly, on describing yourself as a researcher in emoji activity (high engagement, creativity, results, etc.)?
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for the comment. Feedback has been good! One student said “This was a good shift from reviews (critique of architectural work) where I have to put my emotions to the side. It was nice to have some of myself back in my research.”

In general, all of their emoji self-portraits were great. I definitely had the highest rate of engagement with the emoji activity. All 18 students submitted, whereas I would usually have about 3 or 4 people not submit. In addition, a few weeks after the workshop where we used emoji, I ran an outreach event dedicated to media archeology and digital drawing that connected the libraries in El Paso and Lubbock. Students in El Paso were using emoji on a collaborative board to create new compositions. I felt like that was a nice indicator of the impact it had.


Hi Tath, That is great that all students submitted their work and is one way to know your success. I think the students using emojis to create new compositions is a great indicator of your success and impact! Thanks for sharing.

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