Creativity & Innovation at CC works collaboratively with faculty to integrate creative problem-solving, understanding of creative processes, mindfulness, and creative expression into classes, with the goal of creating a scaffold of experiences within and across disciplines to ensure repeated encounters with core concepts and methodologies.
Collaborative opportunities include: creativity and mindfulness modules within courses that can be adapted to meet specific course learning objectives, a Faculty Grant program to support creativity-related components within existing or new courses, and Residency programs that embed visitors into the campus community to enhance collaborative opportunities.
- Creative Problem-Solving Modules
- Creative Process Support Modules
- Creative Communication Modules
- Creativity & Innovation Blocks
- Faculty Grants
- Innovator in Residence Program
- Mindfulness Residency Program
Creative Problem-Solving Modules: Experience in creative problem-solving methodologies, such as Design Thinking, equips students with the skills needed to define and approach problems in any discipline or context. Creative Problem-Solving modules lead students through specific steps to identify the essence of a problem and generate possible solutions. Creative problem-solving modules are developed in collaboration with faculty, and include explicit prompts for students to apply targeted creative problem-solving skills to issues within the course. Please see Creative Problem-Solving in Action: Markets & Morality.
Creative Process Support: The Creativity & Innovation team works closely with faculty who wish to align their courses with the General Education Creative Process requirement. Support includes:
- Assistance aligning existing courses with the Creative Process requirement guidelines,
- Developing related modules that integrate into the class
- Facilitating workshops and activities within the class
- Providing resources, feedback, and support for faculty.
Creative Communication Modules: Creative Communication modules are designed to help students access their own creativity to find new ways to communicate their academic ideas clearly to audiences who may not share the same context. The activities teach students how to focus on cultivating their audience’s understanding, rather than their own performance, and also help them hone visual, analogical, and data communication skills. Modules can be offered as stand-alone units or combined into a thematically-linked sequence throughout a course. (Link to Creative Communication in Action: Advanced Genomics Laboratory)
Creativity & Innovation Blocks
Creativity & Innovation support the creation of creativity-themed block courses in all divisions by bringing visiting faculty to campus to teach creativity courses and offering faculty development grants that will allow faculty members to develop new courses or modify existing courses that explore theories and practices of creativity. (link to Creativity & Innovation Blocks in Action: The Moving Line)