Creativity: The Force Within You (6.8-8.12.22)

Creativity: The Force Within You (6.8-8.12.22)

Jun 8th

Date: June 8 – August 12, 2022
Course #: EDMA 288:622
Credit Hours: 3
Registration Deadline: June 8th @ 5:00 p.m.

Innovation! Imagination! Originality! Invention! Students who are creative thinkers and problem solvers are students who are well prepared for the 21st century, but is our current educational model killing their creativity? In this 3 credit hour course, participants will learn about the importance of fostering creativity in today’s students, how students can’t be standardized, and what’s necessary to build school cultures that promote creativity. Participants will also have the opportunity to investigate topics such as, creativity in the job market, the school “pipeline”, the academic/vocational caste system, as well as topics that challenge current practices and give practical strategies for developing creative thinkers ready to take on the 21st century world!

This course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are encouraged to access the course regularly and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules. Course goals will be met through instructor designed activities, supplemental readings, videos, quizzes, forums, opportunities for application and instructor feedback.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Know the importance of creativity as a 21st century skill and its role in learning and work force preparation;
  2. Understand how a one-size-fits-all curriculum can interfere with student creativity and natural aptitudes for learning; and
  3. Understand personalized education and the changes required to create school cultures that support creativity.

Course Topics
*Nurturing creativity in students
*The connection between the common core, 21st century skills and creativity
*Developing creativity to prepare students for the workforce
*Theory behind a student driven education, vocational training and the school-prison pipeline

Required Text:
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (2015) By Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica. Viking, New York, NY.

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