DELITe Symposium @ NTU

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Yesterday I attended the NTU DELITe Symposium that was part of DELITe Project, built in association with all nine Schools across the University, to promote and develop interactive learning in lectures and teaching across the curriculum. The project commenced in January 2015 and is running for 18 months.

The Symposium was aimed to raise awareness about interactive lecturing, a way to produce more effective way of teaching and to engage students.

http://www.ntu.ac.uk/adq/document_uploads/teaching/170496.pdf 

The Symposium featured a keynote address from Ashley Barnes, Acting Group Leader in Performance for Stage and Screen at Sheffield Hallam University and also included a variety of interactive workshops, each focussing on an area of lecturing and teaching, delivered by academic staff from NTU and other regional Universities.

I could experience several interesting approaches and tools (also digital) to stimulate learning and avoid, or at least reduce, the “boring” effect that lectures usually produce in the audiences.

I very much enjoyed some of the workshops: “Use of Drama to stimulate interactivity in lectures & teaching” by Ashley Barnes,  “Performance related lecture delivery” by Ian Turner, “Interactive Feedback” by Ellie Kennedy and “Tools for interactive lectures” by Royce McKie and Ben Williams of CADQ e-Learning team. With this last workshop I had the possibility to discover some interesting tools such as Padlet, YouPoll.

Today teachers could have great support from web 2.0 tools and more connection with students through the use of personal devices (Ipad, tablet, smart phone).

If it is not really possible to stop students checking their phone, they could try to use in a proper way 😉

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Sasha Waltz: Architectural Dialogue @ MAXXI – Rome

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I witnessed one of the three Dialogues of Sasha Waltz at the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid. It was a stunning experience. Performers literally talked about space, and let the architecture of Hadid speak by itself. Costumes and props were unique and classy, minimalism was the key, but with an enormous effort behind to understand and then reveal, the magic of MAXXI’s architectural space. Sasha Waltz was not replicating the previous performance in Berlin, because she realized a totally new one, taking real inspiration from the specific site instead of using her old choreography.
A must to see.
http://www.archdaily.com/199198/architectural-dialogues-sasha-waltz/

Welcome my world!

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Hello everybody,

This blog is about space, people, theatre and architecture. And whatever can happen between, inside, by means, after them.

The focus relies upon interaction, intersection, contamination and collaboration between the actors (inhabitants) and the stage (architecture) of the city.

Please give your way to think about it.

Andrea Moneta