Embodied Learning

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Rose Library 3311


From the sciences and engineering to the arts and letters, embodied learning is gaining recognition as a sound, evidence-based pedagogy.  Such learning through and of movement – often called kinesthetic or somatic – connects students’ knowledge of content to physical, neural, and sensory experiences (Freiler, 2008).  

Led by critically acclaimed choreographer Claire Porter and co-facilitated by faculty across the disciplines, this workshop will model principles of embodied learning while engaging participants in best practices.  Faculty will have the opportunity to share experiences and apply what they have learned to current or future courses.

This workshop is designed for faculty to make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • understand what embodied learning entails for both faculty and learners;
  • experience an embodied practice (respiration and the expressive power of breath);
  • consider how embodiment may solve a teaching challenge; and
  • bridge knowledge of embodied learning to their teaching practices.

Facilitator: Claire Porter with Kate Trammel and Sharon Babcock

This event is sponsored by the School of Theatre and Dance and the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS)

Claire Porter's comic masterpiece, Namely, Muscles, will be performed on Friday, October 25  and Saturday, October 26 by JMU dance faculty artist Kate Trammell. 



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