Unwalling Teaching and Learning of Literature and Humanities in Innovative Learning Spaces (ILS)

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Unwalling Teaching and Learning of Literature and Humanities in Innovative Learning Spaces (ILS)
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Angela Tse, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong


The paper shares the inspirations from the author’s collaboration with Yale University, the U.S., during a teaching-and-learning study visit concerning the use of high-adaptability classrooms to promote learning experience. The 4-week on-site study visit aimed at exploring how experienced teachers in an internationally reputable institution used innovative pedagogy to maximise the functions of their technologically enhanced classrooms in literature teaching. Class observation, preparation for teaching materials and redeveloping lessons plans were some of the activities which the author and her collaborators completed during the visit. It seems to many that the teaching of literary texts inevitably involves a lot of passive transmission of knowledge. However, due to their exploratory and open-ended nature, literature subjects, as a channel to enhance students’ literacy and awareness of the humanities, can, and should be, taught in an interactive way. In the course of the visit, the author found that high-adaptability classrooms, or Innovative Learning Spaces (ILS), could definitely “unwall” the teaching of literature and humanities and function as a learning catalyst. With the advent of flexible classroom setting, students of various language proficiencies will feel less anxious if they can discuss complex literary humanities issues in a stress-free manner in interactive classrooms which prevent them from being the centre of attention. At the same time, serious humanities topics which often concern social values and controversies can also be explored in a relaxed way with the help of classroom technology.

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