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Friday, May 12 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Transforming the University Classroom through Creative, Improvisational Teaching Strategies LIMITED

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Katie Dawson, Assistant Professor/Director of Drama for Schools at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Description: Many arguments have been made about the need for more active, embodied learning and creative thinking in higher education (Tepper and Lindemann, 2014). Yet most educators on US campuses still do not understand how to apply creative, improvisational teaching methods outside the arts classroom. This hands-on workshop will explore the theory and practice of theatre-based pedagogy as a tool to improve the learning culture of the university classroom in a variety of subject areas. I will demonstrate specific improvisational exercises and strategies to teach creativity and improve student engagement in all subjects, as well as ask participants to share their own effective techniques. Throughout, we will consider how and why the pedagogy and practice of theatre supports students to think critically, to perceive deeply, to engage in multiple viewpoints, and to remember things longer through embodied cognition. We will also discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of theatre faculty training and collaborating with colleagues across disciplines to improve teaching and learning. The session will conclude with collective strategizing about how we can advocate for and demonstrate the value of the arts and arts-based teaching and learning in the university setting.

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Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine xMPL

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