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Thursday, June 23 • 11:30 - 12:20
CON06.06 - How unlocking your creative potential will help you effect change

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Creativity exists in all of us, whatever our role, whether learner and/or teacher. Unfortunately, we can too often become trapped in mind-sets that stifle our creativity and hinder our ability to learn and innovate. Further, we become too fixated by the drive to find just one right answer, instead of searching for more answers. The resultant adverse effect is that we tend to lose much of our imaginative power.

This bespoke interactive workshop has been designed to highlight the importance of applying mental flexibility by shifting in and out of different ‘roles’ to become more adaptable and creative. You will be able to develop new creative thinking skills within your own learning and/or work context in order to formulate solutions for enhancing your own practice and become an empowered learner. It also includes some examples of my own teaching practice that were specifically designed to help empower students in their learning.

Some of the key current thinkers related to the workshop topic will be highlighted - including Carol Dweck’s developmental psychology, Roger von Oech’s ideas on creative thinking and Tim Harford’s work on the importance of failure leading to positive change.

There are 3 sequential parts to the workshop:-

Part 1 – participate in a range of stimulating and challenging visual and practical based problem-solving activities. Part 2 – contribute towards a world café style activity designed to formulate ideas for “changing one thing” about your current work practice(s) and then generate solutions for turning these ideas into action. Part 3 – display and discuss other participants’ ideas and actions with each other before evaluating the potential for implementing these approaches within your own learning and/or work context.


Ken Marsden

Ken joined Nottingham Trent University (UK) in 2013 as the Academic Practice Development Manager within the Centre for Professional Learning and Development. He has had extensive experience of working in HE at several universities and is also currently an academic associate with the... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 11:30 - 12:20 EDT
UCC 59