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DaVinci Fall Forum 2017 Report

The DaVinci Institute’s 2017 Fall Forum was held in conjunction with the 2017 Oklahoma Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference. DaVinci presented a panel session about interdisciplinarity and creativity in undergraduate research to the combined assemblage in the morning, then broke out … Continue reading

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DaVinci Fall Forum & Promoting UG Research Conference – Sept 29, 2017

The DaVinci Institute Has Joined Our Fall Forum with the 8th Annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference. The Forum/Conference will take place on| Sept. 29, 2017, at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Executive Conference Center, 655 Research Parkway, Oklahoma City from 8:30 … Continue reading

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Creativity-Inspiring Environments

An interesting article about creativity as prompted by the built environment appeared recently in The New York Times as part of its August 7, 2016, Education Life supplement. Though Lange indicates there’s little research yet to identify the best architectural designs for sparking creativity, she does say there are common features in buildings that have been intentionally designed to inspire creativity. Some common features include spacious, naturally lighted areas to encourage lingering and reflecting; an absence of walls in favor of collective engagement areas; informal lounge areas; and social spaces for learning. There is much research supporting the restorative and creativity-friendly impact of time spent in nature. Soaring ceilings, wide walkways and staircases, open spaces inside for collective thinking and tinkering — all of these can be excellent approaches to stimulate creativity in the built environment. But maybe an even more powerful effect can be had by communing with nature Continue reading

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Gender Bias in Whether Others See You as Creative?

By Jeff King, Ed.D., Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, University of Central Oklahoma Some fascinating research out of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University indicates that people tend to rate men … Continue reading

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First-Generation College Students Are Not Disadvantaged Slobs

Felix J. Aquino, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs Oklahoma City Community College I am a first-generation college graduate. There . . . I’ve said it. I grew up in a very solid, blue- collar household. My father had an eighth … Continue reading


Fail Safe, Fail Fast: One Creative Solution to College Completion

Jeff King, Ed.D., Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning, University of Central Oklahoma Dr. Randy Bass of Georgetown University teaches a course in which he asks students to design the kind of learning environment they think would work … Continue reading

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Creativity and College Completion: Certificates

By Bret Danilowicz, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University To achieve Oklahoma’s goal of increasing the number of students who complete higher education, we need to connect with a broader audience than just “traditional” undergraduate students.  I define … Continue reading

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Creativity and College Completion: The Challenge

By Blake Sonobe, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education A college education has for generations been, for many, the primary route for economic advancement.  I still recall the words of my father, “In order to get ahead, you have to … Continue reading

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Becoming Open

By Andrew Lang, Oral Roberts University This blog post is dedicated to Jean-Claude Bradley who is dearly missed [1, 2]. In 2007, I began investigating how to use Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) such as Second Life for research and … Continue reading

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Lack and Restrictions to Prompt Creativity?

Image of Jeff King standing alone in front of a blue and white mural with a red sunburst to the right and above his head.

Rob Asghar suggests that money ruins creativity. “If you can’t stretch a dollar, you can’t stretch your imagination,” he says. Maybe “Necessity is the mother of invention” might be more than just a homily. Living in conditions where there’s not much lack is not a bad thing. Unless it’s a lack of creativity. Continue reading

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