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Daniel McInnis: Using Photography and Visual Literacy Modules as a Path to First-Year Student Engagement

Teaching & Learning

Related Member: Daniel McInnis

This presentation will share a case study on how McInnis' course uses photographs, fine art and films to open up discussion about real-world and timely topics. Some of these topics are difficult, especially when addressing a group of students who are politically divided. Photographs offer students a common language with which to begin student-led discourse and collaborative research regarding race, class, environmental impact, etc. This presentation will describe and explore some of the specific methods used and their subsequent scaffolded, active-learning tools. Folded into these four specific pedagogical approaches are some other key ideas that help to describe students' learning outcomes and applicable philosophies.

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