Creativity and Innovation for Education (5-Days ‘Live Online’)

Wed 28th – Fri 30th Oct + Sat 14th Nov + Sat 5th Dec 2020

Never before have educators been more challenged than they are today. The Covid-19 Pandemic has radically changed our classrooms, schools and higher education institutions. Teachers and Academics are having to adapt to a ‘new normal’ but with limited support to do so.  In recognition of these challenges UCD Innovation Academy are now offering a UCD accredited short course in Creative Thinking in Education. This part-time online course is for teachers, academics and educators from all academic disciplines. It builds on 6 years of experience working with hundreds of teachers and academic staff from educational institutions throughout Ireland and internationally in Malaysia, Vietnam and Switzerland.

“When you have done this course, you will never look at your classroom in the same way.”

Peter Lydon, Teacher at Wesley College, Dublin

How will I benefit?

This part-time course is delivered ‘live online’ over 5 days and is designed to develop your capacity to unlock creativity and enhance creative confidence both in yourself and your students. Throughout the course, participants will be introduced to the core techniques and tools of creative thinking, problem solving and team-based innovation in an educational context.

What will I learn?

5-Day Course Schedule

Classes run from 9.30 to 4.30 each day and as the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions. Mornings (9.30am – 1.30pm) will be live online sessions and the afternoons (2pm – 4.30pm) will be a mixture of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work. As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

DateContent Focus
Day 1: Wednesday 28th OctoberThe Journey Begins… | Welcome & Introductions | Creating Community.
Day 2: Thursday 29th OctoberLearning From Creative Challenges
Day 3: Friday 30th OctoberIntroduction to Creative Teamwork
Day 4: Saturday 14th NovemberIntroduction to Design Thinking
Day 5: Saturday 5th DecemberReflection and Looking Ahead

How will I learn?

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.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous Assessment: Participation in Online and Offline Challenges and Exercises
Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes. (80% attendance is required to pass this component)
Assignment: Reflection Report

How do I apply?

All applicants must hold a minimum of an honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline – OR – in the absence of a degree applicants who have 5 years or more of relevant employment history can apply under UCD’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.

To apply, please email with the following documentation:

NOTE: If you are applying as a UCD academic / teaching staff member, you are only required to submit a very brief note of recommendation from your Head of School nominating you for a place on this course.

What are the fees?

5-Day Course for Academic Credit (5 ECTS)€330
5-Day Course without Academic Credit €250
5-Day Course UCD Staff Rate €0

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