Imagination in teaching and learning
Matthew Hickey,Christine Schaefer
Monday, January 13th 2014
107 Behavioral Sciences Building
This session will discuss how the imagination can be incorporated into the teaching and learning process. While a common theme of the intentional exercise of the "moral imagination" as a teaching tool will form the core of the discussion, we will also share examples of the utility of invoking/exercising the imagination to illustrate key content in any class. The instructors experience comes primarily from teaching bioethics, human physiology, and metabolism. However, the larger theme; "How can the teaching-learning environment be enhanced by specific and intentional exercises that invoke the imagination?" will be explored.
Goals and Target Audience:
1. Develop an understanding of the moral imagination as a tool to facilitate learning.
2. Illustrate how invocation of the imaginative faculty in any course setting can both engage students and enhance the teaching-learninig environment.
3. Share specific examples of the use of imagination in the context of sharing course/discipline-specific content.
Targeted Audience: Faculty and graduate students in any discipline.