Importance of creativity Higher education needs to see creativity within the important role it plays in preparing people for an uncertain and ever more complex world of work; a world that requires people to utilise their creative as well as their analytical capacities. (Jackson 2006)
3 Abilities for creative success analytical abilities–to analyse, evaluate, judge, compare and contrast practical abilities– to apply, utilise, implement and activate creative abilities– to imagine, explore, synthesise, connect, discover, invent and adapt. (Sternberg & Lubart , 1995)
Reflective practice Creativity is the ability to reflect to learn from and make sense of experience Jackson (2006)
We needed to examine: Was creativity encouraged? How did we support creativity? Were there barriers to creativity? Was the ePortfolio tool suitable for supporting creativity? Did assessment criteria support creativity?
The ePortfolio tool ePortfolio tool - issues with usability of the software, technical skills of students “Conquering the interface was a challenge” But ............... “To be creative is to find ways around barriers, and it [Mahara] is flexible enough to find ways around it”
Play, Pluralities, Possibilities Technical barriers Mahara “You need a playground with good toys to play effectively, [Mahara is not] not a well funded playground “ Other tools used (WordPress, Yola, Blogger) Use of diverse types of media Tagging: linking to other knowledge
When asked if ePortfolio was a creative process............... Creativity did not seem to be the word associated with the ePortfolio
Not really :( Was creativity encouraged? How did we support creativity? Was the ePortfolio tool suitable for supporting creativity? Did assessment criteria support creativity? Not very well Could be improved! Changes needed!