The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning through Creativity and Connections

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Create a Culture of Creativity in Your Classroom

This course will teach educators how to implement innovative ideas in their curriculum and teaching practice as well as inspire students and colleagues to become innovators in the classroom. Participants will learn how to identify areas where growth or change is needed, and build the connections to implement those changes. This course will ignite teachers’ energy and excitement by inspiring them to view learning as the paramount goal and purpose for our profession. When the focus is on powerful student learning everything else (positive rapport, engaging lessons, parent engagement and student skill building) will happen as a natural end result!

“If we are going to help our students thrive, we have to move past “the way we have always done it,” and create better learning experiences for our students than we had ourselves. This does not mean replacing everything we do, but we must being willing to look with fresh eyes at what we do and ask, “Is there a better way?” We would expect the same mindset from our students, and, as educators, that question is the first step on the path to a better future for education.”
George Couros, The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12) and instructors at the community college level, who are looking to refresh their curriculum in a variety of ways--whether it is transitioning to Common Core Standards, a shift to 1-to-1 technology, or simply focusing on student-centered learning.

Course Materials: Text, The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

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Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X784P – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning through Creativity and Connections

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Amanda Dolphin

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify and implement the Innovator’s Mindset to produce change and foster progress in the classroom and school-wide
  • Create and foster open culture of creativity in the classroom and encourage students to construct their own thinking
  • Create or adapt a unit of study, or department/school-wide initiative that will bring about positive transformational change

Instructors

Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into three or seven learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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