CREATIVITY AND INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY FORLIFELONG LEARNING Center for Distance Learning April 2011 Carol Yeager SUNY/Empire State College
Future Shock ... A. TofflerThe illiterate of the 21st century will notbe those who cannot read and write, it willbe those who cannot learn, unlearn andrelearn. • How do we build a community of global learners for the purpose of connecting and engaging people in collaborative lifelong learning? – Creativity and creative problem solving are building blocks for sustaining lifelong learning and having fun in the process. – If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with others ... African proverb
CMC11Creativity and Multicultural CommunicationIncreasingly, the challenges we face are complex and open-ended andgreater understanding of creative problem solving is needed.Knowledge alone is not enough to reach innovative and effectivesolutions and more creative thinking skills are needed. In addition, theconnected world needs to be acknowledged as the new learningenvironment.Students and mentors will interact through web-based and mobile-based research, practical implementation assignments and web 2.0activities designed around creative problem solving challenges in amulticultural environment. Connectivist theory will be used as a guidefor navigating our networked world. Approaches to creativity will beapplied to student-generated challenges. Students and mentors willstrive to improve their creativity and communication skills throughoutthe term.