Theatre Topics

This article is a guide to using Agile Research Studio (ARS) to structure courses wherein students build projects, either individually or in groups. ARS is a new system used by STEM research labs to train students how to self-direct the planning and execution of complex projects. In the article, I describe how to use the five core components of ARS, which I modified for humanities contexts. I found that this system can cultivate three broadly relevant pedagogical values: effective planning, robust community, and marketable skills. The article is accompanied by online resources: a sample syllabus, templates, and a process guide for forming student groups.

“Structuring Courses with Agile Research Studio: 5 Components and 4 Pedagogical Values.” Theatre Topics 31, no. 1 (2021). Print edition with supplementary content online. https://jhuptheatre.org/theatre-topics.

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