Creativity in Teaching & Learning




9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Memorial Union, N201C

Creativity is of increasing importance to educators both for their professional success and that of their students particularly given the complex, evolving knowledge information ecology we live in. This workshop will focus on how one can become a more creative teacher. We will explore a range of questions related to creativity, including: What does it mean to be creative? How can creativity be developed and nurtured? What does the creative process look like? What is the relationship between creativity, play and humor? (In other words, do creative people have more fun?) How can we become more creative in teaching? What is the role of technology in this process?

A critical part of becoming creative is being able to play—to play with ideas, with tools and with techniques. In an interactive series of activities participants will explore the meaning of creativity—how it is defined and explore some strategies for developing, nurturing and supporting creativity, particularly in their teaching. This will be an extremely hands-on workshop with multiple opportunities for discussion and exploration. Each of the issues/topics will also be illustrated with multiple examples from the world of education, psychology, and business, interspersed with games and puzzles connected to the ideas being discussed. A key part of the workshop will be helping participants develop a creative solution to a key problem of practice all instructors face.

Projected Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to define and identify creativity in professional, personal and institutional contexts.
  • Participants will learn the 5 standard steps in the creative process. Participants will engage in multiple creative tasks and will seek to extrapolate their learning from this task to their individual contexts.
  • Participants will understand that creativity happens best under playful conditions (something difficult to capture in specific learning objectives – which turns out to be another paradox of trying to teach creativity). Participants will learn multiple strategies for applying creativity in their professional lives: as teachers, educators, and learners.

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Punya Mishra

Dr. Punya Mishra is Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation and Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He also has an affiliate appointment in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is internationally recognized for his work in technology integration in teaching; the role of creativity and aesthetics in learning; and the application of design-based approaches to educational innovation. He has received over $7 million in grants; published over 100 articles and edited 3 books. He is an award-winning teacher, an engaging public speaker, as well as an accomplished visual artist and poet. You can learn more about him at and about the Office of Scholarship & Innovation