I sat in on the CREATE! class with Dr. Liesl Baum and Dr. Ben Knapp to learn about teaching ideation and innovation. The experience was incredible in helping students think about the innovation process and watching the ideas evolve and flourish.
This course is designed to lead students through the process of creative inquiry, design, and collaboration to explore the boundaries of the arts, science, and design. Through activities and discussions students will build an understanding of the ties between multiple disciplines. To identify these ties, students will engage in activities that build participation and questioning strategies for workshops and lectures, problem finding, analogical and metaphorical thinking, and collaboration in multiple formats. The collaboration of students, faculty, and visiting artists will encourage students to explore their own interests as they are situated within the boundaries of disciplines and provide strategies to create and innovate within and among disciplines.
The goals for students participating in this course are to:
- identify characteristics of individual disciplines that can be connected with other disciplines;
- identify ways in which individuals of a variety of disciplines learn and communicate;
- develop communication strategies with classmates and instructors that allow for connections between disciplines to be fostered;
- identify problems or questions within disciplines and connections to problems or questions within other disciplines;
- ideate to develop possible solutions or approaches to address problems or questions;
- identify ways to empathize with audience or recipient of solutions or approaches;
- coordinate knowledge and skills of team members; develop a collaboration strategy;
- collect resources and communicate with outside entities to collect and apply required skills and information;
- conduct periodic full-class review and evaluation of plans, prototypes, and information;
- communicate ideas and present ideas to faculty, students, and artists for review and evaluation;
- apply feedback from periodic reviews for product improvement;
- develop planning documents, proposals, and implementation plans.