Massive Creativity MOOC with Rock Stars, Prof Tina Seelig, and NovoED

Amin Saberi and Anne Trumbore  recently  talked with Vicki Davis on episode #67 of Every Classroom Matters about encouraging creativity.  Only 17% of creatives felt a teacher had taught them to be creative.  As our economy moves  away from the industrial workforce, into the information age and beyond, the question arises, “How does one teach creativity”? Well, Stanford Professor Tina Seelig, the designers at NovoEd and some pretty amazing rock stars may just be on to something.

Creativity Course from Tina Seelig using NOvoEd

Show Notes: What Are the Best Ways to Teach Creativity? ECM #67

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Creativity MOOC has students creating an album cover of their life.

For the first assignment in the Creativity MOOC, over 5,000 people turned in an album cover representing their life.

Amin and Anne focus on teaching creativity through a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course by creating a course  through NovoED in collaboration with Tina Seelig at Stanford University entitled, “Creativity: Music to My Ears”. Students peer review work and more than 10,000 people are taking the course in April and May 2014. (You can still sign up.)


Amin describes the six week free course in the episode, which anyone can take.

Josh Groban, Lily Allen, and LinkinPark are just some of the artists involved in helping to teach this course.  Anne emphasizes that publishing work to the world online encourages collaboration and community. Learning creativity in safe communities as in the course enhances the learning of creativity. The assignments are peer-reviewed against a rubric for course assessment. (See the awesome first assignment where participants were asked to create an album cover of their life.)

Amin created NovoED to teach students in the same way students are taught at Stanford. Many courses are business courses, teacher training, and entrepreneurship. Student-centered learning is at the center of all these courses, that is the courses are experiential, social, and innovative.


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