Teaching with Aesthetics

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Session Room 6.30, Level 6, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Parkville

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Tessa Brinley


  • Improving Teaching

"Teaching with Aesthetics"

While traditionally associated with the arts and creative pursuits, when viewed as a study of our sensory domain, aesthetics can be an incredibly useful lens through which to consider learning. As a parallel process to cognition, aesthetic experience also informs our emotional engagement with learning, and can be considered a critical domain when developing Experiential Learning.

This workshop introduces a novel approach to HE teaching, incorporating research from numerous disciplines to explore how we might incorporate aesthetics into our practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the key features of aesthetics as a pedagogical domain
  • Describe how aesthetics and aesthetic experience affects learning
  • Introduce (or remove) aesthetic devices to (or from) their teaching to improve engagement


Dr. Andy Wear is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement. He has worked in a number of Australian universities both as an academic and leading large-scale teaching and learning transformation projects, with a particular focus on digital and hybrid learning environments. He specialises in learning experience design, assessment design, digital pedagogies, philosophy of education, as well as academic leadership and development. Andy is an experienced facilitator of workshops and training supporting these capabilities.