Details of one of this years keynote speakers, Professor Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, University of the Arts London.
In this keynote Susan will look at art and design education in higher education with a particular focus on the ways our understandings of excellence are shaped by practice, theory and policy. Susan will explore the nature of studio teaching and the role of the creative practitioner educator to surface the sector’s hidden values about teaching and learning. The keynote will look at teaching excellence from three angles, the government’s TEF, the reflective creative teacher and, of course, the student.
Susan will argue that many art and design educators have a conflicted relationship with the very idea of teaching that is connected to 20th century art school ideas that art and design can not be taught. Moving beyond this Susan exhorts art and design educators in higher education to claim and name their teaching expertise. Students and staff need to work together to build shared understandings of teaching excellence that can serve the art and design sector in the context of TEF.