Design Thinking & Creativity in Teaching, Spring 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C09
Instructor: Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra & Anne Marquette
Location: Online via Canvas
Dates and Times: Asynchronous meetings online from January 28 - March 24, 2019.
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $925

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Course Description

Today’s learners are facing an unpredictable job market. In order to compete in the global economy of the future, they will need to know themselves well and be able to innovate. Creativity is a key skill for their success. Creativity is a way of thinking and behaving that is not an innate skill but something that can be fostered and learned through any subject area. In this course, participants will develop their own creative processes. They will identify the skills of creativity. They will relate the idea of creativity to their own subject areas and develop strategies for fostering and teaching creativity through the lens of specific content areas.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  • Participants will develop an awareness of their own creative processes
  • Participants will identify the skills associated with creativity
  • Participants will identify problems in their educational settings
  • Participants will apply a design thinking process to creatively solve problems

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the skills associated with creativity
  • Identify strategies for fostering creativity
  • Describe the importance of creativity
  • Design instruction that incorporates creativity
  • Apply the processes of creative problem solving
  • Apply design thinking

Course Expectations


Weekly Readings
Weekly Forum Responses
Daily creativity journal entries
Creativity design challenge


Creativity design challenge

Required Texts

Costs for required readings, if any, are not included in the course tuition.

Required Readings:

A. (n.d.). How to Foster Creativity in the 21st Century Classroom? Retrieved November 26, 2017

Barseghian, T. (n.d.). Sir Ken Robinson: Fostering Creativity in Education is Not an Option. Retrieved November 26, 2017

Brookhart, S. M. (2013, February). Assessing Creativity. Retrieved November 26, 2017

Design Thinking for Educators. (n.d.). Retrieved November 26, 2017

Kaufman, S. B. (2013, August 19). The Real Neuroscience of Creativity. Retrieved November 26, 2017

Pavlov, T. (2016, December 15). Problem Finding Before Problem Solving. Retrieved November 26, 2017

Sternberg, R. J. (n.d.). Investment Theory of Creativity. Retrieved November 26, 2017

(2010, October 14). Retrieved November 26, 2017

(2011, June 13). Retrieved November 26, 2017

6-12 Creativity and Innovation Rubric. (n.d.). Retrieved November 26, 2017

For additional course information

Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra
(802) 309-5240

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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