Can You Teach Creativity?

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Interesting development in MOOCs and Prior Learning Assessment discussions. It makes me wonder if I would be able to earn a degree that I already possess by passing some tests – or whether I could add a degree based on experience that I’ve gotten over the past 22 years of working in higher education.

Are degrees being reduced to a series of examinations? Or is there something more about the educational experience that can’t be measured by the correct responses to well-designed prompts? What I remember most about my educational experiences have little to do with exams or papers. They’re moments of insight, ed surprise, heart frustration, and inspiration.

In any case, here is the article:

Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees

A bill being considered this month by the California Assembly would create a fourth division of the state’s higher-education system that would provide no instruction and would issue college credit and degrees to any student who could pass a series of examinations.

via Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

http://allangyorke.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/KnowledgeCommons.jpg
Interesting development in MOOCs and Prior Learning Assessment discussions. It makes me wonder if I would be able to earn a degree that I already possess by passing some tests – or whether I could add a degree based on experience that I’ve gotten over the past 22 years of working in higher education.

Are degrees being reduced to a series of examinations? Or is there something more about the educational experience that can’t be measured by the correct responses to well-designed prompts? What I remember most about my educational experiences have little to do with exams or papers. They’re moments of insight, ed surprise, heart frustration, and inspiration.

In any case, here is the article:

Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees

A bill being considered this month by the California Assembly would create a fourth division of the state’s higher-education system that would provide no instruction and would issue college credit and degrees to any student who could pass a series of examinations.

via Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

These are two of my favorite videos that talk about creativity. The first one is from Chris Staley who has taught art for decades. It’s a short piece highlighting his own process that involves a playful approach to design. The second is from Monty Python’s John Cleese who talks about getting into an open state that is less purposeful and more relaxed, resuscitator expansive, website like this and playful so creativity can surface. [Oddly enough, cure both talk about the discovery of penicillin.]

I think their ideas are helpful for those of us who are asked to do things like imagine the future and generate new solutions to real problems.

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