Yes And! Improvisation as a Tool for Enhancing Teaching and Learning

  • 20 May 2022
  • HEDCO 220
  • Event Host: TEP, Campus partners
  • Event Type: Workshop
  • Teaching Pillar: Engaged

For Faculty Only

This interactive workshop will introduce skills and principles adapted from improvisational theater to enhance teaching and learning in university classes. Building on U of O Professor Ellen Eischen’s success adapting improvisational techniques to the mathematics classroom, and Improv @ Work Founder Heather Barnes' experiences teaching improv to STEM professionals, this workshop will provide tools and strategies that can help instructors engage their students. This workshop will include a high level of participation, cited research, and concrete examples.  Be prepared to actively participate, get out of your comfort zone, and evolve as an instructor.

Barnes is an experienced leader in using improvisation as a pedagogic tool.  An instructor at The Second City, her vast experience integrating principles of improv into STEM settings includes leading workshops for mathematics instructors at the University of Chicago, designing programs at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education, and directing programs at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Eischen is an associate professor in the mathematics department, who has completed extensive training in improvisation, including the improv programs at Chicago's iO Training Center and The Second City and courses at New York’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the Magnet Theater.

Barnes's visit is funded through the Williams Fund and NSF CAREER grant DMS-1751281.

Limited spots are available.