Each year the DaVinci Institute convenes a Fall Forum at a member institution. These Forums bring together educators from around Oklahoma to consider issues about how to support creativity in Oklahoma education, both teaching creativity and teaching creatively. Typical Forum activities include keynote and other presentations meant to catalyze small- and large-group ideating, with work product from these sessions captured for further refinement and eventual work to translate idea into implementation.
The history of our Fall Forums has always been that these convenings happen synchronously and in person. Pandemic disruption in the fall of 2020, however, made such a meeting impossible. DaVinci’s creative solution was a Forum comprised of approximately hour-long webinars presented as a series across four nights, Monday – Thursday, October 26-29. Each night’s programming considered a different approach to uplifting the heart and soul of education.
We captured these presentations, which were formatted as synchronous Zoom events in presentation mode, and have made them available as YouTube videos linked below. Please enjoy them and share widely — you will find much interesting information and creative ideas about how to engage with students in creative ways, whether as befits the “pandemic pivot” or for teaching/learning in non-pandemic environments.
Each video’s closed-captioning is available by clicking the “CC” icon at the bottom of the video frame.
Faculty self-care and renewal. Class structure and mixed-modality group work success strategies. | Dr. Jody Horn, Director, 21st Century Pedagogy Institute, University of Central Oklahoma (UCO); Brad Griffith, Director of Online Learning Initiatives, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Dr. Luis Montes, Biology Chair & Professor, UCO
Teaching visual & performing arts at distance. Technology can be a solution. | Dr. Cari Earnhart, Director of Choral Activities at California State University – Fresno.
STEM teaching in the age of COVID-19. Biological sciences instruction utilizing distance technology. | Professor of Zoology and Edward E. Bartlett Professor of Pedagogy at Oklahoma State University; Dr. Jeanette Loutsch is a molecular virologist and teaches introductory biology, genetics, microbiology, cell molecular biology, immunology and virology at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Teaching in the liberal arts and education during a pandemic. Composition taught at distance. | Dr. Martha Parrott is the Assistant Dean for the College of Science & Health Professions and Professor of Mathematics at Northeastern State University’s Broken Arrow campus; Dr. Thomas Horne, Professor of English at Oklahoma City Community College.