Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: A Primer for Educators

by Katherine J. Janzen (Mount Royal University, Canada), Beth Perry (Athabasca University, Canada), Margaret J. A. Edwards (Athabasca University, Canada)

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'Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: A Primer for Educators' provides readers with a lively and creative set of arts-based strategies that teachers can use with their students. The authors, three nurse educators, draw from their research over the past 13 years. Although the strategies presented are directed to educators in the health professions, educators beyond these disciplines may also find them informative.
This comprehensively referenced book makes a strong and original contribution to existing literature in the area of teacher preparation. By integrating findings from their own research, their personal experience and current information from a variety of credible sources, the authors demonstrate rigor and attention to detail.
The artistic pedagogies explained in the book are practical and designed to engage learners; to support the development of interaction and sense of community within classrooms; and to sustain genuine learner interest in course material. The pedagogies can be implemented in face-to-face or online classrooms. Lesson plans illustrate how artistic pedagogies such as playfully using music, photography, poetry and story writing can bring course content to life.
Importantly, readers will be interested in the authors’ explanations of their own journey towards conceptualizing and understanding what artistic pedagogies are, how they work and why they work. Each author writes from their heart. The book is a must-read for educators who strive to create supportive student-centered environments where teachers and learners learn together and from one another.

Sherri Melrose PhD,RN,
Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University, Canada

The wording and the content of the book are easy to understand. Outcome tables and APTs are highly informative. The list of lesson plan templates for instructors is extremely well constructed and they seem easy to adapt. APTs like storytelling (especially clinical experience), speeches and award ceremonies, quilting, word sculpting, playdough sculpting, ethics-o-poly game seem to be particularly good tools to be applied in any classroom with little adaptations. All educators looking for additional creative activities to bring life in their classes can benefit from this book regardless of course level. This book has plenty of resources for all forms of classrooms where building connections is essential for enriched learning. Implementing some of these activities in the curriculum (even in grade schools) can be highly effective in classes especially where extra activities cannot be practiced due to time restraint.

Pradeepa Poudyal,
Bellarmine University, Louisville. KY

Research has shown that what students desire most in the post-secondary milieu is engagement. As traditional forms of teaching that include lecture or PowerPoint presentations no longer adequately engage today’s technology adept students, educators may find themselves at a loss for where to locate teaching strategies which both engage students, and are tried and tested in an actual classroom setting.

This book does just that. It provides a critical look at not only what is lacking in today’s classrooms to promote engagement, but actual solutions and strategies to help nurse educators as they prepare to teach. Artistic Pedagogical Technologies were first envisioned by Dr. Beth Perry in 2005, while over twelve years of research confirms that these arts-based teaching strategies actually work.

As theory-based topics can be among the most difficult to engage students, included in this book are selected lesson plans that have been employed in actual classrooms. In total thirty five strategies are provided that can be utilized in a variety of classroom settings and applied to various nursing topics.

Students, as part of the human family, have an innate need to be creative. This creativity can display itself within Artistic Pedagogical Technologies as a melding of technology, edutainment and play. The strategies in Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: A Primer for Educators have changed the classroom life of the authors as educators, and they can change your teaching too.

Foreword by Sharon L. Moore
Chapter 1 Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: Beginnings and Evolutions
Chapter 2 Theoretical Foundations: The Quantum Perspective of Learning
Chapter 3 The Value of Creativity: Technology, Edutainment, and Play in the Classroom
Chapter 4 Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: 35 Examples
Chapter 5 The Evidence Base: Past, Present and Future
Chapter 6 Trying Something New: Motivating Educators to Give APTs a Try
Chapter 7 Selected Lesson Plans

Katherine J. Janzen, RN, MN is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education in the department of nursing and midwifery. Katherine completed her undergraduate (2005) and graduate degrees (2011) at Athabasca University. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. She has published over 33 articles in national and international journals and has numerous presentations nationally and internationally since joining Mount Royal University in 2011. An avid researcher, Katherine is currently exploring the use of the Quantum Perspective of Learning, in a four-year national grant. Her research interests include student engagement and creative arts-based pedagogy.

Beth Perry RN, PhD is a professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines, Center for Nursing and Health Studies, Athabasca University. Beth completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Alberta in 1982 and was awarded her PhD from the Department of Educational Administration at the same university in 1994. Beth’s research interests include exemplary online teaching and using arts-based teaching strategies to enhance learner engagement, social presence, sense of community and interaction. Beth has co-authored 2 textbooks related to effective teaching including Teaching Health Professionals Online (2013) and Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions (2015) with Park and Melrose.

As Dean of the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University, Dr. Margaret Edwards has been instrumental in establishing what are regarded as Canada’s leading online nursing programs, playing a key role in developing and delivering exemplary online education offering rich learning experiences to build the capacity of nurses. Extensive long-term committee involvement with CARNA includes leading the review of Nursing Practice Standards and developing Entry-to-Practice Competencies and serving for 10 years as the CARNA representative for Netcare developing the provincial electronic health record. Her ongoing research and scholarly activity focuses on nursing informatics and strengthening online learning.

Arts-based pedagogy, online teaching, online education, e-learning, nursing education, learner engagement, student engagement, creativity, quantum perspective of learning, edutainment, play, technology

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Book Title

Artistic Pedagogical Technologies: A Primer for Educators





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236mm x 160mm


6 B&W

Publication date

September 2019