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Using Innovation and Creativity to Improve Student LearningDr. Laura McLaughlin TaddeiTeaching Professor Conference 2014

1Learning OutcomesDiscuss current techniques used to improve student learning Identify sources and resources to promote innovation and creativity to improve student learningPlan ways to integrate new technology or innovative techniques to improve student learning

2At the end of the session, we should have:Sharing ideas and resources there is a form you can complete online at end of PowerPoint to provide this information remotely.Plans for ways to integrate innovation and creativity to improve student learningIdentified support needed to accomplish plan3A successful dialogue:carefully constructed and monitored process Bringing together people with a common interest and using common languageProbing assumptions and ideas in a nonthreatening wayBuilding a common experience where we can learn togetherCreate an atmosphere where we can think, process and identify assumptions (Qualters, 2010)

Introduction such as "group work, problem solving, idea generation, innovations, designing and face-to-face communication" can foster innovation and creativity.

Enterprise School (2011). An Entrepreneurial development framework for higher education institutions.

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Encouraging InnovationRyshke, R. (2012) What schools can do to encourage innovation: risks and sometimes even looking at failure as fuel for innovation can help promote this process (Ryshke, 2012).8Hands-on Learning

QuestionsThe following questions will be used as a guide to facilitate the discussion. However, please feel free to add/modify questions as needed. 10TechniquesWhat can we do or do we do to encourage innovation for faculty and students?What are you doing that works?What innovative techniques do you use to improve student learning?How do you encourage innovation in your students?

Innovation can include fun, creativity, diversity, collaboration and the ability to trust intuition (Reimers-Hild & King, 2009). One of the most essential elements of innovation is risk taking (Reimers-Hild & King, 2009).

Faculty SuggestionsProvide interaction that includes a high percentage of class time with hands-on and problem solving opportunities Create opportunities for hands-on field work get students out of their comfort zone and their own environments Have students facilitate a roundtable discussion

What kind of technology do you use and how has this impacted student learning?What are some ways to be innovative without the use of technology?

Create Communities of LearnersHow can we or how do we create collaborative communities of learners?

When faculty talk with colleagues about teaching strategies and challenges, it helps to create an atmosphere in which it feels safe to try new methods and take risks as an educator (Simmons, 2012) Trips

Faculty SuggestionsAllow for spontaneous interactions. Create time for informal class opportunities; for example, provide time for students to talk and get to know each other. This can be through small group discussion, games, and hands-on activities during class time or outside of the classroom field trips. Learn everyones names and make sure everyone in the class knows each others names as well. If possible, arrange room to encourage conversation. Encourage students to be intrinsically motivated; for example, one professor noted the use of a Facebook page where students could have discussions based on the course topic. Even after the course ended, the students continued to post to the course Facebook page because they wanted to keep the discussion going.

Having Fun

ChallengesWhat are some challenges you face?How do you overcome these?What are some barriers to student learning?How do you overcome these barriers?Research recognizes that some of the most effective leaders are truly passionate about what they do and have a genuine interest in helping their constituents or followers (Reimers-Hild & King, 2009). Innovation is about coming up with new ideas, products, collaborations, services and solutions that can be implemented and used (Reimers-Hild & King, 2009).

Risk TakingProvide a safe environment that allows risk-taking Be willing to try new ideas and then tweak to improve Allow do-overs making mistakes is acceptable Get out of your own comfort zone Throw out everything at the end of the year and start over again Talk to other faculty and find out things they have tried and what worked and what did not work See more at:

Moving ForwardWhat new ideas, products, collaborations, services and solutions can come out of this discussion?What support do you need to move forward? How can we follow-up on this discussion?There is a short form in Google asking for your responses regarding encouraging innovation and creativity. If you would like to complete the form to add to this discussion, please go here - you would like to continue the conversation, please contact me at:taddeiL@Neumann.eduFollow me on Twitter @drlaurataddei610-513-6144ResourcesEnterprise School (2011) provided an article An Entrepreneurial Development Framework for Higher Education Institutions. Extracted from

Reimers-Hild & King (2009). Six questions for entrepreneurial leadership and innovations in distance education. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. Extracted from

Ryshke, R. (2012) What schools can do to encourage innovation. Extracted from

Simmons, E. (2012) Rewarding Teaching Innovations. Extracted from

Taddei, L. (2013). Encouraging creativity and innovation in yourself and your students. Faculty Focus (August 2013):

Taddei, L. (2013). Faculty seek collaboration, and more collaboration. Leadership Abstracts. League of Innovations: