Payden Faculty Excellence Colloquium w/Assoc. Prof. Kathleen Ryan

Theory/Praxis: Using Creative Work to Engage Students in Academic Research

Hybridity in scholarship allows the researcher to move between two worlds: the traditional (the book, the journal article, the conference presentation) and the experimental (documentary, photography, digital humanities). Borrowing from Graeme Sullivan (2014), this hybrid approach is “a creative and critical process whereby imaginative leaps are made into what we do not know — as this can lead to crucial insights that may change what we do know.” It is also an area that is ripe for student involvement. 

One potential barrier to this approach in the past has been in the technical expertise of the faculty member herself. How can one encourage a student to do a robust web-based documentary, for instance, if one is not an expert in things like coding, videography, and editing? However, in this era of expanding and affordable media tools, these barriers are decreasing.

This presentation will look at ways hybridity can be used to engage students in scholarship and critical thinking through case studies based in and outside of the classroom. Using smartphone-based technology, social media, and user-friendly apps transforms our understanding of scholarship, and offers the potential for increasing student understanding and engagement. 

Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Institute of Behavioral Science, 155AB
1440 15th Street, Boulder, CO 80309