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On Trial: teaching without talking
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This session provides a critical consideration of a case study example On Trial - that is successful in facilitating, promoting and celebrating creativity in learning and teaching.
This presentation aims to consider critically the concepts of student-centred, experiential, problem-based and enquiry-based learning through the exploration and interrogation of a creative and highly successful approach to learning that celebrates what Finkel (2000) calls teaching with your mouth shut.
The session explores how the format, language and dynamics of the courtroom drama, as made popular and familiar to students through the media, are used as the context and vehicle to secure deep learning through dynamic role play where the tutor is the silent witness. The On Trial approach encourages a community of enquiry where students question, defend and judge an idea or problem; it provides a creative learning experience that facilitates and celebrates students at the centre of all activity.
The presentation considers how this learning experience harnesses popular culture in a creative fashion to help students engage with tough academic issues and wider ethical concerns relevant to their specialist discipline. It explores the challenges and nuances of such learning and considers the reasons for its success and popularity with both learners and fellow tutors.
The session considers the nuances of the creative reflective practitioner who learns by doing (Schön,1987) and how the teacher as coach (Schön,1987) can employ dynamic and creative approaches to secure creative learning that has unique and innovative outcomes.
The presentation is positioned within the context of current debates regarding creativity and it aims to reconsider key views such as
higher education has widely been regarded as indifferent or even hostile to creativity (Cropley, 2001 : 159) and that creativity is
generally unrecognised or undervalued in undergraduate disciplinary learning in UK higher education (Jackson and Shaw.(2002). Imaginative Curriculum Study: HE Academy).
Whilst the On Trial learning and teaching approach is illustrated through a specific art and design focus, its potential for wider cross discipline dissemination, adoption and adaption is recognised.
This session will provide a dynamic hybrid presentation that will include critical consideration of this highly successful creative learning and teaching approach - lavishly illustrated with imagery and footage throughout. The session will incorporate critical and reflective commentary from learners and observers and will be presented jointly by the tutor and Graphic Design undergraduate students who have experienced and developed this innovative learning extravaganza.