Creativity takes courage


On May 16, 2014, Amanda Coolidge (formerly CTET, now BCcampus) and Dr. Eva Malisius (School of Humanitarian Studies) presented at the 2014 conference of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. 

Their presentation, entitled ‘Creativity takes courage: safeguarding academic rigor while bringing innovative video technology into masters-level assignments,’ outlined the process and positive impact of using a video assignment at the outset of the MA in Conflict Analysis and Management and attracted a large crowd of educators and designers. The benefits for the individual learning journey, community and cohort building, student feedback and lessons learned were discussed and captured in the graphic recording displayed below, courtesy of Giulia Forsythe.  The audience also welcome the contribution of the RRU library guide on audio-visual assignments compiled by Jessica Mussell, which supports students in successfully completing such challenges to think outside the more traditional assignment formats.

At #CNIE2014 many different innovative approaches for learning and teaching were presented and discussed, including the side-effects for inside and outside the classroom.  As Brian Lamb (Director of Innovation, TRU) outlined in his keynote, video assignments provide students with an additional skill they can market in the job market.