Addressing the pedagogy of creativity

A self-guided professional development workshop highlights best practices from research on creativity in education

This Fortune 500 company asked us to find a way to help educators from all content areas and grade levels better understand how creativity can be fostered in the classroom. We instinctively looked to what the research shows and built a workshop that focuses on effective instructional practices.

Challenge

While our client has tremendous success with its products, it has always wanted to see greater use by educators beyond those responsible for teaching art, design, or multimedia. While they have had success with an online community full of resources and discussions, they hadn't expanded their professional development much beyond their comprehensive collection of technical training materials about their products. The client recognized our blended expertise could enable them to achieve their strategic objective of increasing the awareness and use of their software to support teaching and learning with digital media across the K-12 curriculum.

Solution

From an initial brainstorm design session with the client, we validated education audience priorities, refined course concepts and pedagogical approaches, and delivered a roadmap of the online professional development courses to be developed. We then provided the instructional design and content expertise to create a series of self-guided online courses about creativity in the classroom, as well as generated the resource files, facilitation guides and related materials to serve as a template for each additional course.

Outcome

The series of workshops launched in Spring 2013. Seeing positive results and high marks from educators taking the courses, the client commissioned Clarity Innovations to develop a facilitated blended-learning version of the course series in the Spring of 2014.