Current & Upcoming Workshops

Engaging imagination: Helping students become curious, creative and reflective thinkers


September 20, 2016; 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Alison James, Ph.D., Associate Dean Learning & Teaching at the London College of Fashion; Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK

This session is a combination of a talk, hands-on exploration, and discussion to focus on the ways that creativity, imagination, and play can be harnessed to our approaches to teaching across the disciplines—as opposed to our focus on practice or content. Rooted in pedagogic theory and with a scientific underpinning, it gives participants the opportunity to hear about imaginative teaching practices in a variety of contexts and take away ideas that are readily adaptable and applicable to colleagues' own subjects and interests. It will allow an opportunity to consider how such approaches might work for the teaching of the subject, as well to enable students to develop their ability to critique and evaluate their own progress. In doing the latter, the session moves away from some of the more familiar text-based approaches to reflection on/recording learning and to multisensory and multimedia engagement, including movement and the use of open air spaces, as well as creative techniques. The workshop will include resources, theory and activities from Engaging Imagination, Alison's book with Professor Stephen Brookfield, Among these, Alison will present her work over seven years to adapt and apply the techniques of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method to complex issues in higher education teaching and research (more on this here The workshop will be informed by a reappraisal of the place of play in higher education—a matter which is shaping the creation of an international edited collection and the formulation of major research funding bids in the UK.


You can more about Dr. James and her work here



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