Paul Dennis on Collaborative Learning

Faculty Voices Videos:  Paul Dennis - Music & Dance

  

Paul Dennis on Collaborative Learning

"So what if I teach them how to...choreograph a dance but they can't apply the same critical rules when going to their English lecture, or to their physics class or environmental science course. I believe that college is there to do that for students." –Paul Dennis, Associate Professor, Dance

 

Paul Dennis: Developing Student Agency

"The format of the class…takes the work out of the personal….It takes away the need to please someone. So now they’re doing their work because it is authentic, it’s their work. And I so much prefer that. They embolden each other; they empower each other." –Paul Dennis, Associate Professor, Music & Dance

 

Paul Dennis: Creative & Critical Development

"An artist creates out of what’s inside of them. And an audience sees from what’s inside of them. In between, that is where art exists…And so I want the witness for my work to feel as powerful in the work that I’m presenting as I feel." –Paul Dennis, Associate Professor, Music & Dance

 

Paul Dennis: Feedback & Evaluation for Creative Work

"A friend of mine said don't expect what you don't inspect..." –Paul Dennis, Associate Professor, Music & Dance

 

Paul Dennis: Students on Critical Response Process

"I feel as though the effect on me is more a sense of community, because we’re all here to learn. But we’re also all here to grow…this colorful group of people who come from a whole bunch of different backgrounds…The fact that we can come together and make work and see each other’s work; it gives me energy." –A student in Paul Dennis' Dance Composition Course