Promoting Institutional Excellence through Creativity

1.   Exploring Creativity

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Creativity is a process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts, and their substantiation into a product that has novelty and originality. Creativity expands our perceptions and along with expanded perceptions come new ways of thinking and performing. The teaching and learning process could reap valuable lessons from exploring areas of creativity. A culture that values the professional creativity of professionals engaged in the teaching/learning process is essential because the creative development of learners is largely facilitated by their teachers. 


Outcomes:


At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Explore creative thinking strategies and how you can apply these strategies to teaching and learning

  • Experiment with ideation tools that supersede traditional brainstorming in a fun, inspiring action-filled environment

  • Demystify creativity: What is it? What is the difference between creativity and innovation?  

  • Discuss the characteristics of creative people?  How can you learn to be more creative?

2.  Creativity at Work

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Re-ignite your creative spark. Building a creative atmosphere institutionally can be very difficult. There may be pockets of practice and a fragmented approach to the integration of Creativity in the Curriculum within the organization.  Consequently, having a more concerted approach to analyzing and promoting creativity for teaching and learning is the first step in engaging with this challenge. Activities (including co-curricular experiences) that engage learners with the unfamiliar, perplexing, complex and unpredictable encourages faculty and those working with students to take risks and use their creativity. 
 

Outcomes:


At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Build creativity and innovation capabilities at the personal level and within your organisation

  • Identify and remove barriers to innovation

  • Present your ideas, get people on board, and turn your ideas into lesson plans

  • Develop strategic elements of design-thinking skills for organizational utility
     

3.   Connecting the Dots

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The challenge to find new ways to engage students to connect the dots to learning may entail teaching and learning in ways we never learned. Bidding farewell to the traditional notion of teaching and learning is one of the most difficult behaviours to set aside.  This interactive workshop will explore creative ways to connect the dots of Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Mind Mapping to foster many different modalities for classroom practice. 
 

Outcomes:


At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Utilize technology to move from boring to exciting in real time connections 

  • Develop mental processes necessary to connect new information with prior knowledge

  • Organize information into patterns and relationships

  • Formulate personal landmarks that make information processing automatic, fast, and predictable  

4.   Arts-Based Activities

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An artful leader must know how to lead people creatively. Since all great art pushes boundaries beyond established norms, it can teach us about leadership, empathy, ambiguity, change, courage, and creativity. Arts-based activities take us on adventures in creative expression and help us safely explore unknown territory, overcome fear, and take conceptual risks. Art-based activities can be used strategically to create safety, build trust, find shared values, shift perceptions and generate breakthrough ideas by incorporating right-brain imagination with left-brain logic and analysis for faculty and students. 
 

Outcomes:
 

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Develop ability to think critically and creatively 

  • Address important societal problems through the medium of arts-based activities

  • Develop strategies that incorporate complex issues into fun activities 

5.   Using Heutagogy for Creativity in Teaching and Learning

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Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning.  It is also an attempt to examine some ideas about teaching and learning that still prevail in teacher-centred learning.  Currently, there is an abundance of literature highlighting the need to focus on enhancing students’ creativity in higher education. However, there is a gap in awareness of strategies being employed in institutions to address this need. This workshop will focus on these two areas with emphasis for classroom practice. It  explores the strategies to embed these two conceptual frameworks into the curriculum for graduate success. It also poses the question - how does the curriculum accommodate students' lifewide experiences and recognise their creativity in those experiences? 

Outcomes:
 

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Develop communication and teamwork skills with colleagues and students

  • Construct teaching strategies and open communication with students

  • Analyze teaching and learning situations for flexibility in approach

  • Apply competencies to new and unfamiliar situations 
     

6.   Imagination and Creativity

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In 1955 Maxine Green argued that our imaginations are the most important faculty we possess. It is up to us to develop the fundamentals of imagination and creativity that lies within each of us waiting to unfold. Creativity and imagination flourish in environment that embrace the diversity, collaboration and interdisciplinarity. Integrating creative styles of teaching and learning in our educational practices will enable us to adopt new methods and strategies to support the learning outcomes we would like to achieve. This process will also allow students oppportunities to explore their creativity within the formal educational settings. 
 

Outcomes:
 

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Form images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or never experienced directly

  • Examine thought processes where ideas, thoughts, and images are formed

  • Discuss ways of dealing with difficulties or problems

  • Explain how creativity can stimulate the imagination and vice versa