The Innovative Educator: An eCourse for Change Agents in EDU
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The truth is, innovation is like your health. If you treat it like a fad diet, you'll get frustrated and exhausted. If you develop good habits, then you'll see results that will engage your students like you've never seen before. This class will uncover those habits, first introduced in this Huffington Post article, 5 Habits of Innovative Educators. The foundation of the course includes 6 high-quality video lectures from the instructor. However, the best part about this course is the curated content! Guest lectures from innovators in and outside of education, innovation case studies written by innovative educators, and TWO live Q&A sessions with innovation thought leaders.
Courtney has years of experience in teaching, and has a niche for creating highly engaging virtual content. She has previous experience in teaching innovative leadership at Rutgers University. The course will include videos, case studies, worksheets/resources and experiential exercises to engage the class in a variety of ways that help to develop the habits of innovative educators.
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|Section 1: Innovation in Education: What is happening? What needs to happen?|
This lecture is an overview of the course. It explains how the course is structured and what the participants will get out of the course.
The Five Habits of Innovative EducatorsPreview
The Innovation Urgency in Education
Empowering Disruptive Educators
Q&A with Author and Speaker Liz Wiseman on Innovative Leadership
|Section 2: Habit #1: IdeaBlending|
How do people come up with super creative ideas, and how can I start doing that?
The Adjacent Possible Theory
Experiential Exercise: Brainzooming a New Product Name
Idea Blending Worksheet
|Section 3: Habit #2: Getting Feedback on Your Ideas|
'Yes And' Improv Game: Part of getting great feedback on your ideas means being open to others building upon the original idea and perhaps taking in new and different directions. Build your team's ability to give this kind of feedback on ideas by playing the 'Yes And' improv game with them at your next training or team building. This could also be a great game to play with students if you have a lot of group projects for them to work on throughout the semester or year. Find instructions for the game in the supplemental materials of this section.
How to Make a Splash in Social Media, Alexis Ohanian: Watch this quick video case study (linked in your supplemental materials) on 'Mr. Splashy Pants' a social media sensation and great lesson for innovative educators. Use the following questions for reflection.
Guest Lecture: Heather Shea Gasser on Building an Idea A-Team
Guest Lecture: Ben Owens on Seeking Feedback
|Section 4: Habit #3: Failing Fast and Forward|
After watching this lecture, check out the supplementary materials for another quick video about 'The Failure Club.'
Use the following questions to reflect on what you have watched.
Guest Lecture: Case Study Written By Lisa Endersby & Sean Eddington
Guest Lecture: Amma Marfo on 'Kill Your GPS'
Guest Lecture: Michelle Kusel on Failing Fast and Forward
|Section 5: Habit #4: Passionate Curiousity|
After watching this video lecture from Courtney watch the video in the supplemental materials section and think about how an exercise like this might make you more passionately curious. Below are some questions about the TEDx video in your supplemental materials.
Questions for Reflection:
Guest Lecture: Mickey Fitch on Being Passionately Curious
Guest Lecture: Nathan Resnick on Being Passionately Curious
Rapid Fire Lecture: Why Innovative Educators Take Vacation Days
Passionate Curiosity: If you observe innovative educators in a conversation with a student or a colleague, you’ll see how they become hyper-focused and they ask lots of questions. They are constantly learning. This is also why they are idea blenders, because their curiosity leads them into a new web-design class or a subscription to an entrepreneurship online magazine. When faced with a problem, they don’t fumble, they investigate. They ask lots of questions… really thoughtful questions. This goes beyond a commitment to lifelong learning, it is a habit of always asking why, and then taking the initiative to answer that question. Often, this is why they also love technology. It is because technology presents them with a new puzzle to figure out.
As part of the 5 Habits of Innovative Educators eCourse, we have 3 live Q&A sessions that are open to the public in hopes of inspiring educators to think differently about the work we do with students. This particular session will focus on creativity and passionate curiosity. Want to join in? Tune in on June 30th and tweet your questions for our special guest Paul Jarvis using the hashtag #innovatED (ya see what we did there?).
Find out a little more about our special guest and our all-star interview host!
Special Guest: Paul Jarvis
Paul Jarvis is a web designer, best selling author & gentleman of adventure.
Paul’s clients include Yahoo, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, The Highline in New York City, Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo and Kris Carr.Paul’s writing appears in Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, The Muse, Smashing Magazine, Communication Arts, The Next Web, Adobe’s 99u, GOOD Magazine and many other publications.He’s toured North America in the band Mojave, independently-published several books, and has worked as a freelance web designer for almost two decades.Paul currently lives in the woods on Vancouver Island with his wife Lisa and their two rats, Onha’ and Awe:ri. All four are happy vegans. He’s also got far more tattoos than you. Follow Paul on Twitter @pjvs.
With Host Amma Marfo
Many of you already know Amma Marfo and all her wonderfulness from following her on Twitter@AmmaMarfo.
Amma Marfo is the thoughtful yet incurably silly Assistant Director of Student Activities for Involvement and Assessment at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida.
In addition to her role at Emmanuel, Amma is an avid and prolific writer; she writes often for her own blog (“The Dedicated Amateur”), is a contributing editor to the Niche Movement Blog, and guest blogs in a variety of other places (IdeaBlend EDU, NASPA SLP-KC and TKC blogs, The Good Project). Her first book, THE I’S HAVE IT: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs, was released in January 2014.
Her research interests include ethical and moral development in college students, the role of social media in identity development and expression, and creating and sustaining “introvert-friendly practices” in student leadership programs. Her other interests include running, yoga, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking.
|Section 6: Habit #5: Believing in Students|
After watching this lecture from Courtney, be sure to watch this quick inspiring video from a long time educator with a very powerful message about believing in students. The video can be found in supplemental materials and below are some questions for reflection on the TEDx talk.
Reflect on the following questions:
Stop Telling Kids They're Bad at Math
Guest Lecture: Case Study Written by Holly Niemiec
Guest Lecture: Tim St. John on Giving Students a Seat at the Table
Guest Lecture: Krista Kohlmann and Henah Parikh on Believing in Students
|Section 7: Recommended Reading and Resources|
Q&A with the author of Disruption Revolution, David Passiak
Disruptive Revolution by David Passiak: Recommended Reading (free download)
Liz Wiseman: How The Best Leaders Inspire Their Team and Make Everyone Smarter
Courtney O’Connell is a rising leader on the topic of innovation in education. Her TEDx talk “Go All In on Education” and her articles featured on the Huffington Post have provoked a national conversation on innovation in education. Courtney envisioned and served as the project manager for the Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference, a conference that was named Event of the Year by Brainzooming.com and featured in MeetingsNet Magazine. Courtney was acknowledged for her entrepreneurial approaches in education as a 99U Conference Fellow in 2013, and as an inductee into the American College Personnel Association’s prestigious honor society. She recently was hired to work along side best-selling author Erik Qualman as Director of Business Design. Courtney is determined to disrupt the current education system in hopes of making education a more engaging and meaningful experience for all students.