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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Garin Horner

Using Application Exercises to Boost Creative, Critical, & Analytical Thinking Approaches to Projects and Assignments.

Saturday, October 08 - 9:00AM to 9:50AM
Lindell Room A - Chase Park Plaza

This hands-on session is focused on using Application Exercises as effective methods for enhancing student engagement with photo assignments by helping students prepare, collaborate, and conceptually practice before setting out to meet the challenges of capturing their assigned images. By using Application Exercises, students must intellectually consider and discuss what they need to know before they set out to work with their cameras. Application Exercises help students develop and apply critical and analytical thinking skills prior to their photographic work, so they are better prepared to raise the conceptual and visual qualities of the images they produce for their assignments.


Participants will practice using Application Exercises in order to learn how to apply these evidence-based methods in their own programs. Working in small groups, participants will solve fundamental questions students confront when preparing for a given assignment or project (or learning photography in general). Members of each group will cooperatively discuss, collaborate, and reach a consensus on how to answer the posed questions. Then, the discussion will expand to allow groups to defend their positions against other group’s opposing solutions, resolutions, and/or ideas.

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Garin Horner
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