One of its aims is to encourage people to use their imaginations to solve problems that are relevant to their work and other everyday contexts in their lives. To celebrate WCIW and show that higher education is involved in the problem of creating a more creative society, I have agreed with Chrissi Nerantzi (founder of the #creativeHE platform) to facilitate a social learning event. I've participated in two #creativeHE events but this is the first I have tried to lead. I picked the theme of imagineering to emphasise that this is all about using imagination.
Imagineering involves using imagination to create ideas and invent possible ways in which these ideas might be implemented. The context for this imagineering event is the enhancement of teachers and students' and teachers' creativity and creative development.
This social learning and sharing experience is open to anyone who would like to use and share their imaginations. While the main focus is on higher education participants don't have to work in higher education to participate. The event is part of Creative Academic's contribution to World Creativity & Innovation Week which we are undertaking in collaboration with Chrissi Nerantzi (founder of the #creativeHE platform) and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Process: Each day is underlain by a question to encourage personal inquiry and a short post to stimulate imagination which will be made at 7am (UK time) on the #creativeHE platform, together with an invitation to share ideas, feelings, experiences and practices in response to this stimulus.
What's it like to be creative?
What does being creative mean in your own practice or other life contexts?
Where do your good ideas come from?
What's it like to think like a designer?
What can we learn about creativity from the experience of a creative professional?
What can we learn from a teacher about encouraging & facilitating the creativity of other people?
Culture: Social learning is not hierarchical - we all have the potential to be teachers and thought leaders, and we are all learners and we are all makers of meaning and tangible expressions of our imaginations. Freedoms: #creativeHE gives people the opportunity to join a conversation and share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and practices with other people. It also gives people the freedom to experience the process by themselves if they do not want to share their thoughts.
Facilitation: The role of facilitator is firstly to acknowledge, appreciate and value the contributions participants make, and help them reflect on their posts. Secondly to lead and add value to the conversation by sharing your own thoughts, perspectives, experiences, resource links, digital artefacts and questions. This means the facilitator is not only a guide on the side but also a meddler in the middle.
My hope is that both participants and ourselves will find the conversations enjoyable, useful and inspiring. At the end of the process the discussion (or selected aspects) will be curated as a downloadable pdf. Depending on what emerges we have the potential to publish 'highlights and insights' in Creative Academic Magazine (CAM4B) in May.
As in previous #creativeHE events I will keep a record in my blog of the most important things I learn.
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