Workshop to Look at How Photography Can Enhance Teaching

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will host Martin Springborg’s workshop on “Teaching and Learning through the Lens of Photography” from 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. April 25, in 308E Olmsted at Penn State Harrisburg and via Polycom.

These days, multimedia resources are integrated into many facets of teaching and learning in higher education. Making photographs that capture the essence of our work can be an accessible and effective way to communicate what we do — to one another, as well as to external stakeholders and the general public.

In this workshop, photographer and educator Martin Springborg will present and discuss images, including ones taken at Penn State, from an ongoing, national photographic essay on teaching and learning in higher education. Through visual and hands-on exercises, participants will learn ways in which they can use photographs to document and communicate about their own work. Participants should bring a pair of scissors and white construction type (non-flimsy) paper for a workshop exercise.

* Harrisburg Location only: Bring a camera (any type, from point-and-shoot to DSLR) if you have one for additional hands-on advice after the workshop.

Springborg teaches photography and art history in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. His Teaching and Learning project brings to light the vital necessity of collaboration among people from different institutional sectors, especially in support of student success. Stylistically inspired by photographers like Robert Frank and Lisette Model, his Teaching and Learning photos convey a knowledge of and sensitivity to interactions between teachers, learners and technology in the classroom. Ultimately, Springborg’s work captures the nuance, spark, challenge and joy of teaching and learning in settings as diverse as research universities, culinary institutes, liberal arts colleges and more.

Some of this work was recently published in the NEA journal Thought and Action and can be viewed in the journal’s online format http://www.nea.org/thoughtandaction.

Polycom will be available at the following locations:

Berks – 120 Gaige

University Park – 508 Rider Building

If you do not see your campus listed above, see your Instructional Design Specialist or contactsite@psu.edu or 814-863-2599.

To register, visit ‘Teaching and Learning through the Lens of Photography.’

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