Creativity & Innovation seeks to support the innovative teaching and learning that characterizes Colorado College’s educational experience. Our goal is to resource faculty members to amplify those aspects of their teaching and professional growth that nurtures creative capacity as well as support teaching that centers on real world problem solving. In this way, we seek to augment CC’s tradition of finding radical approaches to new and existing problems.
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 Communication Modules
- Creativity & Innovation Blocks
- Faculty Grants
- Innovator in Residence Program
- Mindfulness Residency Program
Opportunities for Community-Building in Remote Learning: One of the challenges of remote teaching is to foster bonds among students, to create something akin to the community that we can cultivate with relative ease when students are in a classroom with us. Creativity & Innovation offers a couple of experiences for students that quickly forge connections, building the trust among students that supports intellectual risk-taking and discussion across difference. “Meet your Muse” and “Lyrical Questions” are exercises that can be introduced into any class, either within a regular class meeting or as a stand-alone session. Creativity & Innovation will collaborate with faculty as much as desired to draw further connections between the exercises and the specific course content.
- Meet Your Muse
This exercise takes students through a structured process to discover a “muse,” an entity or image that embodies their personal source of creative energy. Exploding the conventional construct of the muse (male artist, female inspiration), the exercise leads students to recognize the distinct character of their creativity and the conditions that foster it. This experience underscores that creativity comes into play in every discipline.
- Lyrical Questions
Developed by poet Ross Gay, this magical exercise engages students in a process of interviewing one another using unconventional “lyrical” questions and concludes with students making gifts for one another that reflect what they have heard. The experience underscores the importance of listening and the power of being seen. This exercise also lends itself to reflection on the role of positionality in critical inquiry.
If you would like to experience either of these exercises yourself first, before offering them to students, please contact us to set up a time to try an exercise individually.
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 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. 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.Creativity & Innovation Blocks in Action: The Moving Line