Sunday, January 8, 2012

TADTad- Workshops on Teaching Art and Design

The Art and Design of Teaching (art and design) workshops exist to bring together graduate students and faculty from across the College to discuss the best pedagogical practices behind intelligent, sensitive and creative teaching. This year-long series of workshops provides a forum for formal presentations and discussions, highlighting successful strategies, providing inspiration, as well as creating a forum to share passionate tales of the noble profession of teaching. TADTad is sponsored by the School of Foundation Studies. For more information, contact Sam Norgard, professor of foundation studies, at

The Winter 2012 workshop topics are as follows:

January 13: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Research Strategies: Reading, Writing, and Sketching

Research is an important part of art and design making, but how do we help students navigate research? This panel will discuss strategies and techniques for making research an integral part of a course.

January 27: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Using Social Media to Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom

The definition for social media is evolving. Panelists will discuss social media: What is it? How do we define it? And, how can we use it to extend learning?

February 10: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Constructing an Active Learning Environment

Panelists will describe strategies for creating dynamic classroom environments. How do we manage the classroom to engage the student and energize their thinking? Panelists will detail the specific methods they have used in past classes that they have found successful.

February 24: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Incorporating Writing into Studio Classes

Is writing in the studio about recording or is writing thinking? This workshop will examine writing as a way of developing observation and critical thinking. Panelists will discuss successful ways of including writing in class exercises to stimulate and engage students.

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