June 2016 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation Best Practices


How do you enhance creativity in the classroom?

Each month the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team highlights one topic of interest to our learning community in the West Campus Concentrate. We hope that you will find the information engaging and beneficial to your work in teaching and learning.

This month, we look at how to enhance creativity in the classroom.

TED Talk Video: Steal Like An Artist: Austin Kleon at TEDxKC

As part of the TEDxKC presentation of TEDxChange, Austin Kleon — author of “Steal Like An Artist” and “Newspaper Blackout” — presented on the idea of “stealing” like an artist. In other words, he explored the idea that nothing is completely original, and we shouldn’t be afraid to build upon the ideas of others. In fact, we should be open to finding inspiration through the work of others. Click here to view the TED Talk and discover how you can find inspiration from others.



Teachers are known to be creative in designing their lessons and instructional activities. However, over time, teachers tend to fall into the monotony of using the same activities and lessons.

If you are on the verge of experiencing a desire for change in your classroom, then you might want to consider embedding more creative and innovative teaching strategies into your curriculum. Although new ideas might have a few kinks or flaws, overcoming these shortcomings will likely motivate you to perfect or make adjustments to help meet the learning outcomes for your course, and enjoy the creative process along the way.

The summer is the perfect opportunity for you to try new tools for your course(s). Click the links below to learn how to apply creativity in your lessons.

What are some creative tools that you may want to use?

If you require assistance in learning new tools to enhance and transform learning in your classroom, the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation team is here to assist you with you creative ideas.


We would love your feedback so that we can continue to provide you with topics and/or resources you might find helpful for your practice. If you have not had the opportunity to complete our survey, which appeared in our May article, please take a few moments to answer a brief, five-question survey.


Professional Development Library Resources (Available in the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation)

Aldrich, C. (2009). Learning online with games, simulations, and virtual worlds: Strategies for online instruction (Vol. 23). John Wiley & Sons.

Bonwell, C., & Eison, J. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom AEHE-ERIC higher education report No. 1.

Conrad, R. M., & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction (Vol. 38). John Wiley & Sons.

Grunert O’Brien, J., Millis, B. J., Cohen, M. W., & Diamond, R. M. (2008). The course syllabus: A learning-centered approach.

For additional help on enhancing creativity in the classroom, contact or visit the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation.

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