Creativity & ZaidLearn

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This presentation explores creativity and how I have tried to infuse some creativity into my blogging at ZaidLearn.

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  • Synthesizing Mind – Putting it all together in ways that makes sense to yourself and to others - Deciding what to ignore, what to focus on, and what is important The Creating Mind – Needs examples of creative ideas, actions and behaviors - Needs some synthesis, but not too much and Discipline - Go beyond the known good questions (new questions) The Disciplined Mind - Learning to think like experts (Science, History, Arts and mathematics. The Respectful Mind – How we relate to others, how we think about differences, and how we value diversity beyond mere tolerance. The Ethical Mind – Fulfilling responsibility in terms as citizen and job role and models of good work.
  • What are the six essential senses needed to succeed in the future ( Source ) ? "When these three questions above are present (question 2's questions), creativity becomes the competitive difference that can differentiate commodities. Pink outlines six essential senses: Design - Moving beyond function to engage the sense Story - Narrative added to products and services - not just argument. Best of the six senses. Symphony - Adding invention and big picture thinking (not just detail focus). Empathy - Going beyond logic and engaging emotion and intuition. Play - Bringing humor and light-heartedness to business and products. Meaning - Immaterial feelings and values of products." Educational point(form)-of-view: Next time we design a course, we should do our best to simplify the complexity (not the other way around!), and engage students to learn beyond memorization (Is thinking and doing aloud?). Also, we should not just stimulate the logical mind, but instead mash-up the boring stuff with stories (real stories, real people, happening in the real world! The Y-generation especially, loves the reality thingy!). If you are lazy, just link them to real case-studies or stories that you believe are relevant to the student's learning and course. There are tons of them on the web. If you cannot find them, be creative. Why just reflect real stories, why not act them out in class (offline or online), or convert them into a learning game on-the-fly. Have you ever wondered why you can watch a movie for 2 hours without trouble, but fall asleep within minutes during a lecture. On both occasions the learner is simply watching and listening. Why? If symphony makes no sense (another sweet jargon like blue ocean), think synthesis (Another jargon, but I suppose you are familiar with it). Yes, we need to nurture the students ability to synthesize (in addition to analyzing), or the ability to see relationships, patterns, connections and linkages from multiple sources. In short, big picture thinking or or making sense of many sources, and then putting them together in new and innovative ways. How do we do that? Think! Spice up your students learning with short videos, pictures, quotes, jokes, stories, etc. that challenge and provoke them to think. It should only take you a few minutes to find something on the net to spice up your teaching and learning space a bit. Show some empathy to how boring your lectures/tutorials might actually be. Imagine how you like to learn? Not surprisingly we often don't like to be taught, but we love to learn. Empower and engage your students to participate in the learning adventure. They might do a better job than us (teaching their own learning). Yes, there is no harm with a bit of play , or having fun while learning or teaching. Why not spice up the learning events with a bit of humor and engaging activities. Take your course seriously! Take your students seriously! Take your curriculum seriously! But, don't take yourself too seriously! When you loosen up, students will probably join you, and learning will be more fun and engaging. We mostly know this, but we somehow forget when reality creeps in. Finally, we need to find meaning in what we facilitate and teach. Students should know why they are learning whatever they are learning. Especially the Y( Why )-generation wants to know 'Why', or why bother! Oh, that makes sense! Now, I know why it is important to know this! I can use this knowledge to...! Why learn something which has no meaning to me? Or why teach something that has no meaning to the students? These things are not obvious, but if we can persuade and make sense to them why they are learning this and that, I suppose they will be more actively embracing it with their thinking minds.
  • Creativity & ZaidLearn

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    31. http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2009/12/very-best-from-zaidlearn.html STARTING POINT?
    32. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : [email_address] Blog : http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/ IMU : http://imuelearning.blogspot.com/     Twitter: http://twitter.com/zaidlearn DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115

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