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Designing Empowered Students: Creativity Tools in the Post-Secondary Ecosystem

Christine Boyko-Head

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We are living in a time of rapid change and upheaval in education. (Re)evolutionary strategies, and practices have always attempted to keep pace with the dynamic educational milieu, but now things seem different. The stakes seem higher, the impact of change more pervasive, the challenges more daunting as PSE classrooms become more diverse and possibly more divisive. To generate powerful and effective educational systems, Innovative Learning Environments (OECD, 2014) identifies student engagement, collaboration and learners’ self-awareness as fundamental. This presentation shares the findings from two Applied Research in Education research projects examining how might we use creative problem solving tools and techniques to generate differentiated instruction and assessments that enhance engaged, inclusive, equitable classrooms. The presentation asks participants to experience the impact of specific creativity tools such as the Foursight thinking preferences and design thinking practices in order to create quality curriculum that empowers students.


Short Biography:

Christine Boyko-Head, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary artist-educator, curriculum specialist and creativity in higher education advocate at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario. Her scholarly and artistic works appear in a variety of journals and she has presented her research interests to domestic and international audiences. For ten years she taught across the USA and Israel for Lesley University’s Integrated Teaching through the Arts M.Ed program. Certified as a Creativity and Foursight Thinking Preferences facilitator, Christine has done creative envisioning for post-secondary institutions and community groups. In her spare time, she does writing workshops and public readings from her first historical fiction, Pulse of Courage.

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