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Abstract Title: Teaching creativity and innovation to physicists using Tablet PCs
Abstract: As the rest of the world catches up to the US in industrial output and technological sophistication, our continued economic prosperity will depend on strengthening our historical success in generating new ideas. While there are limited efforts to foster creativity and innovation through formal and informal instruction in the business world, few efforts exist in science or engineering education. To address this, the Colorado School of Mines has recently created a dedicated Tablet PC classroom where we hold an elective physics course for the purpose of improving creativity in our students. In this talk, we report on the structure of the course and the technologies used. The latter include pedagogical implementations of InkSurvey, a free web-based software package that enables detailed, real-time interactions with the instructor. We assess student progress via the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, and discuss early work towards developing a physics-specific instrument for measuring creativity.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: H. Vincent Kuo
Colorado School of Mines
1523 Illinois St
Department of Physics
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-3764
and Co-Presenter(s)
Patrick B. Kohl
Frank Kowalski
Susan Kowalski