Teaching as Performance

Event Date & Time

  • October 16, 2019
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Event Description

Aaron Langille, from Laurentian University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will be providing a guest lecture on teaching as performance. Student engagement in the classroom is critical to academic success.  In this session, we’ll discuss how integrating performance elements into your lectures can be an effective tool to help capture and maintain your student’s attention.  We’ll look at voice control, body language, humour, pop culture references, and maybe even a bit of singing and dancing. We’ll also look at how to responsibly engage your students in the performance elements.  Langille will provide examples from his own classes and will link these methods of performative presentation to learning theory.

Workshop Outcomes

  • recognize the potential value of incorporating performance elements in you classroom teaching
  • learn how performance elements support student engagement and academic success


Presenter Bio: Aaron Langille is a Laurentian University graduate-turned-professor of computer science and video game design.  He is an advocate for effective learning and student engagement strategies including gamification and open educational resources. He is active on social media where he shares a variety of insights primarily through memes, hashtags and emoji.