- 2:45 p.m.
Grocott, associate professor and dean of Academic Initiatives at the School of Art, Media and Technologies at Parsons, leads this workshop, which builds on a research project that traces a line between reflective
practice, 21st century competencies and the formative assessment of
cross-curricular learning. The research project centers around a two-part
collaborative student exercise. The first part engages students in a
future-oriented scenario that challenges participants to think critically and
playfully as they frame problems and propose solutions in a collaborative
context. The second part comprises a self-reporting exercise where the
participants reflect upon skill acquisition with respect to 21st century
competencies like collaboration and communication, problem-framing and critical
thinking, flexibility and adaptability etc.
research project was driven by the challenge of assessing 21st century skills
in the K12 environment but the pilot scenarios undertaken with Parsons students
drew attention to the importance in higher education for carving out a place,
within a degree program, for reflecting on the learning that happens beyond the
specific outcomes associated with a course or the walls of an institution. The
workshop will provide a generative, collaborative space for exploring
strategies for integrating critical reflection into our everyday teaching to
enhance students understanding of what they believe to be the graduate
attributes of his or her New School education.
This workshop is open to New School faculty and staff only.