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Robert Kelly

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2008/02/15 - 1:07pm.

Teaching Awards

Great teachers involve their students meaningfully in the course. How do you engage your students?

My teaching spans the areas of art and design, curriculum theory and design, and creativity theory and practice. Enabling creativity is central to my teaching practice. Developing a disposition of design is essential for meaningful, creative engagement in any course. Students are encouraged to grow their own ideas into full-blown explorations that are characterized by research, experimentation and the refinement of ideas and form over an adequate period of time. Idea generation and invention are at the core of this learning environment. Valuing student ideas in this context makes learning meaningful while enabling the student to become intrinsically motivated. Dialogic assessment allows students to flourish in an environment that nurtures generative practice.

It is very important that I live and engage a disposition of design and invention alongside my students. It is easier to expect my students to experiment with ideas and form and to engage in metaphorical thinking if I do as well. The use of humour, the display of passion for teaching and learning, along with a measure of vulnerability, all contribute to a meaningful learning environment.