Fostering Creative Thinking by Making Videos of Poems on Mobile Phones

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Fostering Creative Thinking by Making Videos of Poems on Mobile Phones
Stream: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New, Innovative & Radical Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Kieran O'Halloran, King's College London, United Kingdom


We live in an era of unprecedentedly accelerating change with, for instance, exponential developments in intelligent technologies unique to the 21st century bringing new opportunities and fresh problems. To help graduates seize opportunities and address problems in these rapidly moving times, fostering both creative thinking and adaptability simultaneously in higher education is essential. With this in mind, I showcase a module (year 2) I have developed that is open to undergraduates across the university. Its purpose is developing creative thinking, achieved by undergraduates doing something they don’t normally: making videos of poems with mobile phones. In the film poem genre, usually the video-maker generates a cinematic vision that exceeds the likely intentions of the poet. This makes film poems ideal for fostering creativity. In the module, students take risks — essential to creative thinking — mashing inventively bold filmic visions with poems. Typically, in film poems the stylistic detail of the poem is largely bypassed in cinematic realisation. I highlight how students use linguistic analysis of a poem’s style to motivate creativity in their film, through shot design, use of audio-video effects etc. Not only do students film on mobile phones, a collaborative process employing student peers as actors, other mobile phone operators etc, they exploit simple-to-use apps to edit their film, where much of their film’s creativity emerges, enhancing with music and audio-visual effects. The presentation will be illustrated by a short film poem made by students showing how their stylistic analyses of the source poem mobilised creative thinking.

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