Category : Applied Creative Thinking

Over the past decade blogs have proliferated on the Internet. Among those are the academic blog, which has all kinds of subgenres. We have a colleague, for instance, who regularly posts items about the political forces involved in our state’s higher education institutions—e.g., individual institutions, the Commonwealth’s legislature and its committees, the working of the state school board, and even …

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A decade ago in Creating the Future of Faculty Development (2006), Sorcinelli et al listed the most common services offered by centers of teaching and learning (CTL), and amazingly among those goals was NOT some form of classroom observation (p. 48). Still, colleges and universities place a great deal of importance on that process. In fact, before it had created …

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Hasn’t the time come for creative thinking researchers to begin a scholarly conversation about the fifth P? What, you didn’t realize there were already four Ps? In our Introduction To Applied Creative Thinking (2012), we explain that since Rhodes (1965) “creative thinking theorists tend to regard the field from four different perspectives, commonly called the Four Ps”: The Creative Process …

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While space was the final frontier for countless episodes of Star Trek, creating the optimal teaching and learning spaces may be the final academic frontier for centers of teaching and learning (CTLs). As Tom Kelley, CEO of IDEO put it in his “Forward” to Make Space (2012), “Space matters. We read our physical environment like we read a human face” …

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In The Ten Faces of Innovation (2008), Tom Kelley, general manager of the design firm IDEO, emphasizes the essence of design theory’s philosophy of rapid experimentation by citing an old IDEO maxim: “Fail often, to succeed sooner” (p. 52). Hopefully, last week’s Part I on the relationship between faculty development and design thinking made clear the importance of risk. In …

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Throughout the years in our center for teaching & learning (CTL), we’ve pretty much relied on our own approach to creative thinking, something we’ve discussed in these posts but really detailed in Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking (2012) and Teaching Applied Creative Thinking (2013). Recently, to help guide us through numerous projects, we’ve been using another form of creative thinking …

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What is the relationship between innovation and faculty development? In the past we have discussed it in the abstract, but this time we’d like to demonstrate how being able to employ creative thinking effectively provides centers of teaching and learning (CTLs) with a huge advantage over non-users. The General Problem For the past few years we have been offering various …

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focused faculty groups

One thing CTLs can do effectively is bring together people from across campus with like interests, especially people who might not otherwise meet. Just as a heart has a diastolic and a systolic purpose, so a good CTL functions as the heart of campus. In our Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking (2012), we discuss several advantages of collaboration–participants: Increase ideation …

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Written on Jul, 15, 2015 by in

When we were in graduate school, one of the challenges was to try to read James Joyce’s 265,000-word Ulysses in Poe’s ideal of one sitting—binge-reading.  And now it’s not unusual for people to catch up on a single season of House of Cards or Game of Thrones in a single weekend—binge-watching.  The past few months we’ve been working on the …

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Written on Apr, 14, 2015 by in ,
flipping the classroom

Recently, New Forums published the eighth book in our It Works for Me, Flipping the Classroom, and we couldn’t be more excited. Way back in the last century, we began the series with It Works for Me! Shared Tips for Teaching (1998), what we thought of as a one-shot of practical tips. At the time only two of us served …

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