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


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 consider the importance of creativity.

TED Talk Video: What is Creativity Trying to Tell You? — Click here to view.


Jonathan Tilley, who has played many different roles in the entertainment industry, shares the importance of harnessing and sharing one’s creativity. To do so, he emphasizes the importance of accepting failure and embracing sacred space, in which we can allow our creativity to grow and evolve in a comfortable, safe place.

By doing this, we can express ourselves creatively — no matter our chosen medium or style — and benefit those around us, such as students and colleagues.

Featured Video: Nalini Odapalli

In the above video, Nalini Odapalli, professor, biology, shares her creative approach to teaching her students through active learning activities. Through these creative activities, which are rooted in Nalini’s desire to motivate and inspire her biology students, she was able to find new ways to help her students achieve academic success.

If you want to explore new creative methods in your classroom and would like some assistance, then talk to one of the instructional designers in the CTLI.

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Upcoming Events and Professional Development

Listed below are faculty development courses that can assist you in evolving your curriculum.

ctli-course-chart-nov16-groveFor additional information or advice on engaging students in your classroom, contact or visit the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation.

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