The Creativity Challenge: How the Pandemic Has Changed Education

Fri Jun 12, 2020
The pandemic posed a series of unprecedented challenges, including for education. At the same time, creativity and innovation often flourish in times of crisis. Are there ways in which the challenges raised by teaching online can be turned into opportunities for creativity?This panel discussion will be joined by Francesco Arese Visconti and Julianna Sandholm-Bark who will briefly share their experience and creative projects with students. Francesco’s photojournalism course, a production-based class for those who want to learn about storytelling through images, was based on an immersive learning experience: a 10 days trip to Tuscany. He will discuss how the course has been restructured and show some of the creative products of students during lockdown.Julianna will discuss her experiments with learning online and different forms of embodiment. In her experience, the most successful assignments have been the ones that involved the whole person, even when working remotely. She will focus on advocacy statements, Meet the Artist presentations and virtual room visits, among others. The panel will be moderated by Vlad Glaveanu and opened to the audience for a discussion of what the current situation tells us about the present and especially the future of teaching and learning.More about the speakers:Julianna Sandholm-Bark:Julianna Bark is Assistant Professor and Head of the Global Citizenship Program at Webster University Geneva. She holds a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Art at New York University as well as a licence ès lettres in English, Art History and Photography from the University of Geneva. She has worked with several arts organizations in New York, Paris, and Geneva. At Webster University Geneva she teaches Current Art, Advanced Composition, and First Year Seminar. Her current research interests include digital art history and the mechanisms of value creation and measurement in the art market.Francesco Arese Visconti:Francesco Arese Visconti is the Head of the Media Communications and Photography Department. He has taught at Webster University Geneva since 2007 and collaborates with the CERAH (Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action). He has an MA from the University of Florence (Italy) and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program at the University of Westminster (UK). His research work focuses on migration and identity. Prof. Visconti has developed research on African migration in Switzerland ( and on the Italian-Chinese community in Prato ( He is currently working on research which will explore, through photographs and interviews, the identity of Italians who migrated tothe French part of Switzerland from the 1960's until today.Vlad Glaveanu:Vlad Glăveanu, PhD, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling at Webster University Geneva, Associate Professor II at Bergen University, Norway, and Director of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). His work focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges. He edited the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture (2016) and the Oxford Creativity Reader (2018), and co-edited the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Domains (2017) and the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (2017). He co-edits the book series Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture for Palgrave Macmillan. Vlad is editor of Europe’s Journal of Psychology (EJOP), an open-access peer-reviewed journal published by PsychOpen (Germany). He received in 2018 the Berlyne Award from the American Psychological Association for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.