Gerard Puccio: Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: 21st Century Skills
On January 25th Gerard Puccio,Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY - Buffalo State will be opening the Mohawk CTL Speaker Series, in the Mohawk College Collaboratory.
He will discuss what creativity is, the related trends in education and around the world, why it is important as a fundamental 21st-century skill, and how we can
use creative thinking to solve problems.
Six new online modules for professional development are now available as Open Offerings on eLearn.
These multimedia interactive learning modules were developed as part of the College Educators Development Program, and we are pleased to now make them to all faculty.
The Modules are:
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
Introduction to Assessment
Lesson Planning and Active Learning
The Teaching Professional
The modules have been designed to allow you to enter and exit the modules as needed to provide “just-in-time” development. Readings, tutorial videos, reflections and hands on activities will help you build the skills needed to help you and your students be more successful. Each module takes 5-6 hours to complete.
Here is a clip from the introduction video of the “Outcomes-Based Education” module.
To enroll in the modules, go to “Open Offerings” in the eLearn Navbar, select ‘CEDP Modules’ and you’re enrolled. Just select the module you want to start with.
Third time may be the charm. Once again, the Ministry has put out a call for proposals. Want to collaborate on designing a new online course for province-wide delivery? Inspired to develop an online module to be shared across the province? There is one week left to submit a proposal.
Worry not - you don’t have to go it alone! There will be opportunities to collaborate on the course or module development. Please consult the information previously circulated (and included here for your convenience) to know how to frame your exciting offering. If you have questions or concerns with the initial proposal to your Associate Dean or Manager, feel free to contact Dan McKerrall.
The Art of Creative and Innovative Teaching provides a fun overview of creativity as it applies to the art of teaching by exploring types of creativity, the impact of creative climates, champions and killers to our profession and how you can insert creativity into your activities. Current research on creativity in schools will be referenced.
While recently exploring a lynda.com course on Conflict Resolution, I naturally went down the rabbit hole and started chasing links and supplemental information.
I came across and interesting blog, themuse, and the article, “The one question all successful people can answer immediately”. At first, I did expect something a tad more profound, but realized the question was actually very keen and probing.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Serial entrepreneur, Tina Roth Eisenberg, says that all the most successful people she’s met have been able to answer this question immediately: John Maeda, who led the MIT Media Lab and Rhode Island School of Design, responded with “curiosity.” Maria Popova, who curates the popular Brain Pickings blog by reading 12-15 books a week, said “doggedness.” Eisenberg’s own superpower? Enthusiasm.
Knowing your superpower means you know yourself well enough to have a focus, and that’s the same competitive advantage that makes you so great at what you do. It’s the quality you’re most proud of, the one thing that makes you stand out, and what gives you an edge over everyone else.
So, if you haven’t ever considered what your superpower might be, do!
Even if they are not directly addressed in your courses’ learning outcomes, digital citizenship and digital skills are often core to your courses. Students arrive with a variety of experiences with technology and many need to boost their skills to be successful in your courses, college, and in the workplace. Mohawk College has two, new resources to meet students’ (and potentially your!) development needs.
The Digital Skills Toolkit was developed as an open, in-house resource to train on foundational computer skills and competencies. It is an open offering in eLearn@Mohawk and available via the Collaboratory. The main concepts are also supported through f2f training compliments of the Tech Bar. Make sure to highlight this resource to students who lack basic computer skills - so integral to success at college and in the workplace.
Departments from across the college have combined forces to bring you lynda.com. This online repository of high-quality videos offers scaffolded training on hundreds of technology and educational technology topics. lynda.com’s modular, accessible content satisfies your students’ “point of need” learning and allows for that wonderful serendipitous discovery as well! College departments are collaborating to bring your students playlists (curated videos) on a number of high need topics, but feel free to create your own or challenge students to create them for their peers. Access this wonderful resource at www.mohawkcollege.ca/lynda using your college email and password.
Feel free to use lynda.com for your professional and personal development needs as well! From its courses on Instructional Design and the Neuroscience of Learning to Digital Photography and Photoshop, you can learn anything, anytime, anywhere.
Feel free to contact your CTL or Library with any questions or concerns.