University of Iowa on the Importance of Teaching Creativity Online

Susannah Shive, University of Iowa
To be rescheduled to later date (was Tuesday, June 20th)

Learn about the innovative ways in which the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) has been transforming creative writing instruction online.

In the webinar, Susannah Shive will share not only the "how", but the "why" when it comes to the importance of including the teaching of "soft skills", especially creativity and critical thinking, in the online learning movement.

Since 2012, the IWP's free MOOCs have provided opportunities for interactive learning in creative writing and literature to over 47,000 participants from 197 countries around the world. Each course features asynchronous discussion-based instruction provided by highly qualified teaching teams, and inclusive community-based feedback. Supported by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Iowa, the IWP MOOCs aim to provide global access to creative writing education and cultural exchange.

Join this webinar to:

  • Hear the perspective of University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) on the value of teaching creativity and other soft skills online
  • Learn how IWP scaled its workshop method of teaching creative writing to serve large, international rosters online
  • Understand best practices in using an online format to promote the formation of new international communities
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Susannah Shive is the Distance Learning Coordinator for the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) and is responsible for their MOOC offerings on NovoEd. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Tufts University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught fiction writing and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Her background includes research knowledge management for higher education and marketing management at the global architectural design firm Perkins+Will.
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