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Teaching Creativity and Innovation to Physicists Using Tablet PCs
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:10 AM -8:20 AM
  Author: Patrick Kohl, Colorado School of Mines
  Co-Author(s): Vincent H. Kuo , Frank Kowalski , Susan Kowalksi
  Abstract: As the rest of the world catches up to the U.S. 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.
  Footnotes: None
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