2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



The Cultivating Creativity Seminars

Iain M Robertson (Landscape Architecture/Honors Program)

The seminar's goal is to encourage students to "cultivate" their individual creativity. It is based on three premises: each of us possess creative potential; "creativity" is not confined to "the arts" or any discipline but is a universally-shared attribute; and, our educational system rarely addresses creativity overtly far less "cultivating" it. (1) The seminar "exercises" explored techniques for encouraging creative responses. (2) Settings were varied to see how they influenced responses. (3) Students and instructor engaged in email reflective responses following exercises; novel approaches to course evaluations were explored. (4) By establishing a "climate" that encourages exploration/risk taking and asking interesting, open ended questions all hell breaks loose in a profusion of fascinating creative responses. Teaching becomes fascinating and merges with research.


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