IA40320 Creativity & Innovation for Entrepreneurial Educators

Academic Year 2021/2022

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MODULE IS PROGRAMME BASED. THIS MODULE IS NOT OPEN TO OTHER UCD STUDENTS.

This module aims to introduce participants to the mindset and skills necessary to inspire creative thinking and innovation at the personal level and amongst student cohorts. Throughout the module, participants will be introduced to the core techniques and tools of creative thinking, problem solving and team-based innovation and they will be encouraged to reflect on how these can be applied in the educational context.

Central to the module is an introduction to different ways of solving problems creatively and reflecting on these activities. There will be a focus on the Stanford d.school method of design thinking focusing on addressing an issue from a real world educational setting. The module also explores ways of triggering creative thinking within an educational institution. Generic foundations of teaching and learning, including motivation, evaluation and review will be explored. A strong emphasis is maintained on the verbal communication of creative and innovative ideas.

This module is run as part of the Professional Certificate / Diploma in Creativity & Innovation in Education.

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are a group of Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, educators, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

We take an action-oriented approach to learning, with a combination of individual, group and class tasks and activities, including discussions, presentations and reflection. All of our teaching is grounded in academic rigor, but our focus is on learning by doing in a real-world context.

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**Enrolment in an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes.**

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module participants should be able to:

• Understand the relevance and importance of creative thinking and how it can be applied in a variety of disciplines to generate solutions
• Use problem solving tools and techniques and understand the process for initiating and using creative techniques within project structures
• Understand general pedagogical principles within the context of creative thinking and innovation
• Demonstrate a knowledge of established methods and techniques for triggering creative thinking
• Design and deliver their own style of educational experience for generating creative thinking in a multidisciplinary environment.

Participants will also have further developed their engagement with creative and innovative processes from an alternative angle, whilst constantly developing their networks and building on their interpersonal and presentation skills.

Indicative Module Content:

Students will be given reading materials, video content and powerpoint slides to guide them through this 5 day module.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

6

Small Group

25

Conversation Class

5

Practical

4

Specified Learning Activities

30

Autonomous Student Learning

30

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a ‘learning by doing’ approach, combining individual, and group activities and tasks including presentations, discussion and reflection. Guest speakers will share their own experiences and lessons learnt. 

• Active/Task-Based Learning
• Peer And Group Work 
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-Based Learning
• Student Presentations
• Case Study Learning
 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes.
(80% attendance is required to pass this component)
Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

40

Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

30

Continuous Assessment: Task, activities and exercises inside and outside of class Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students upon requests. This will include feedback based on their participation during the module and their deliverables.

Name Role
Mr Colman Farrell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 13 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 13 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 13 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 13 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 13 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Autumn
     
Summer
     
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 39 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 39 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 39 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 39 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 51 Week(s) - 39 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Summer