This workshop will be divided into three parts: Conation, Creativity, and Connection. Part 1 Conation: Dr. Dancz, KolbeTM certified consultant, will guide participants in validated Kolbe ATM Index results and how to operationalize conative diversity when working with colleagues and students. Part 2 Creativity: Dr. High will lead participants in active exploration of research and implementation of creativity in engineering courses and curricula. High and Dancz will share successful strategies and lessons learned from their reimagineered course entitled “Conation and Creativity in Engineering”. Participants will develop a curriculum plan for reimagineering a course or activity at their own institution. Part 3 Connection: participants will share their revisions and receive an invitation to continue conversations and form an online community. Participants will be asked to complete a Kolbe ATM Index prior to the workshop.
Dr. Karen A High
Karen High earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1985 and her M.S. in 1988 and Ph.D. in 1991 from the Pennsylvania State University. Her main technical research interests are Sustainable Process Design and Multicriteria Decision Making. Her engineering education activities include enhancing mathematics, communication skills, critical thinking and creativity in engineering students and teaching science and engineering to education professionals. Additionally, she works with elementary, middle school and high school teachers and students on engineering projects. She has worked with teachers on integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into their classrooms. Dr. High is an Affiliate Professor for Project Lead the Way pre-Engineering and has worked with the UTeachEngineering Program at the University of Texas. Dr. High has obtained funding from foundations, industry, local and statewide sources as well as the National Science Foundation for her educational projects.
Dr. Claire L. A. Dancz
Claire L. A. Dancz, Ph.D., M.ASCE is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Science Education, Department of Civil Engineering, and Clemson Online at Clemson University. She has been a Kolbe™ Certified Consultant since 2013. Her research focuses on conation, formation of teams, student work patterns, engineering communication, and hands-on online courses. She serves as external evaluator on engineering and science education research projects and initiatives. She has previously conducted mixed-methods research on approaches to integrating sustainability, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering, and active, experiential learning pedagogies into civil engineering curriculum and assessment of civil engineering students’ knowledge of sustainability. She serves on the Formal Engineering Education Subcommittee to the Committee on Sustainability at the American Society for Civil Engineering. She teaches a interdisciplinary course on Conation and Creativity in Engineering and is the faculty advisor for NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Clemson.