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Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.

Penn College faculty and staff this week attended the 2022 Summer Teaching Institute, one and a half days of professional development that focused on “Creative Thinking Strategies.” Delivering the keynote address – “Why Teach Creativity and Innovation: Why Is It Important and Where Do I Start?” – on Tuesday’s opening day was Larry Keiser, assistant clinical professor and program director for the graduate and undergraduate creativity & innovation degree and certificate programs in Drexel University’s School of Education. That afternoon brought additional sessions on the topic, presented by campus specialists, as well a hands-on activity in the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. Wednesday’s half-day brought more interaction, including “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?” led by Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost. That conversation about innovation encouraged attendees to brainstorm how to best fulfill the college’s Mission, Vision and Values. Held shortly after the end of each academic year, the Summer Teaching Institute helps lay a productive foundation for an engaging return to instruction in the fall semester.

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