Experimenting With Imagination

Seth Andrew Hudson, Jennifer A Keohane, Margaret A Miklancie

Session Information

Year: 2016 | Time: 11:20am-12:00pm | Location: Innovation Hall (Room 134)


Three participants from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence’s 2016 reading group discuss past strategies for using creativity and imagination to promote deep thinking in students and discuss how they have tried new strategies as a result of the reading group.  Approaching instruction from the seemingly disparate disciplines of rhetoric, game writing, and nursing, the presenters will focus on some specific strategies borrowed from Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers (James & Brookfield, 2014). The presenters will share the results of these “experiments” in the classroom and reflect on how framing/re-framing some aspects of their pedagogy in terms of imagination towards reflection has affected their teaching.

Takeaway: Attendees will participate in versions of these classroom “experiments” and be allowed to judge the effectiveness/utility of such strategies informed with hands-on experience.  Presented by faculty from disparate disciplines, attendees will see firsthand the common ties for any teaching occasion where deep reflection and engagement are a goal, leaving with ideas for new or augmented activities that benefit students and provide new challenges for instructors.


Student reflection; creativity; reflective practice; pedagogy


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