Creativity Course from Tina Seelig using NOvoEd

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.

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.


Listen to the Show to Learn about Stanford's Creativity MOOC

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Show notes prepared by Lisa Durff, Production Coordinator for Every Classroom Matters.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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