Overview of Reflecting on Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts

How to enjoy and benefit from this resource

The Open Educational Resource is intended to support and enhance the professional practice of those involved in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts in Higher Education. It is also intended to support students on accredited United Kingdom programmes of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and teachers who wish individually to apply for the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. We hope that you will enjoy learning from others in your field through active engagement with the resources and we welcome you to Rose Bruford College.
As you enter the site you will find eight study areas. Together these areas cover the major topics of study on accredited Learning and Teaching programmes. As you engage with all eight study areas you will have opportunities to build a portfolio of evidence, a Reflective Portfolio, to meet the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) necessary to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The UK PSF and how its values, knowledge and activities relate to this resource is explained in the two documents below. In addition to these two documents, we have noted at the end of each Study Area the UKPSF Activities, Core Professional Values and Core Knowledge Areas that are related to the material in order to help you organise and cross reference your portfolio. In entering each study area you are encouraged to respond to the material you encounter, to reflect on how it relates to your own practice and to note your thoughts, recording them in writing, sound or visual means as a part of your Reflective Portfolio.



The Four Rooms

This resource has been designed with contemporary research on learning styles in mind. You will find reference to this research in the first study area of the resource. As you enter each area you will be introduced to the study topic of the area and be invited to enter its four rooms. Each room contains a particular type of resource which corresponds to a particular learning style. You can select material quickly depending on your preferred learning style, your mood or the time you have available.

The Reading Room, as its title suggests, contains mainly text-based resources and recommended reading. It is here that you will find full articles and links to academic web sites.You will also find suggestions for further reading.

The Visual Resource Room contains video clips of teaching, classroom and studio activities, lectures with animation and interviews with artists.

The Case Study Resource Room offers a variety of examples of practice and you are encouraged to explore here to find the case studies which most closely match your subject area or pedagogic need.

The Reflection Room is where you are invited to engage actively with the resources so that you take ownership of and responsibility for your own learning to enhance your specific teaching context. A series of Reflection Prompts in this room encourage you to reflect upon your practice as a teacher and supporter of learning in Higher Education.

The Reflection Prompts are not prescriptive and most prompt you to compare or reflect on the resources and to consider how you might apply new concepts or methods in your teaching context.

We hope that you will enjoy utilising these resources to enhance your pedagogic practice in the Performing Arts.

The Open Educational Resource Team: Professor Kathy Dacre, Cordelia Bryan, Andrew Eglinton, David Matthews, Joe Murray, Gail Ellis, Rafael Mazzillo, Marc Wilson, Frank Trew.

The team would like to thank the students on the 2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Theatre and Performing Arts programme at Rose Bruford College who helped in the creation of this resource.


Proceed to the Study Area Index ยปSee an overview of the 8 Study Areas


Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF)
Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF) in relation to the 8 units of study

The 8 units offered here provide opportunities for you to relate your teaching to the UK Professional Standards Framework.

To help you relate the material studied to the framework the relevant areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values of the framework considered in the study areas are noted after each introduction.