Teaching Day 2013

October 4, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013 was GW's third Teaching Day, a signature event brought to you by the Teaching & Learning Collaborative that is meant to stimulate faculty discussion about GW's educational mission. Teaching Day 2013 started with a presentation by Dr. Karl Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University. Dr. Ericsson discussed Deliberate Practice and the Future of Higher Education. Ericsson presentation was followed by Dr. Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor of Educational Innovation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his presentation on Educating for Creativity.  The video of Dr. Sawyer's talk can be found below, as well as bios for both speakers.

Schools of the Future: Educating for Creativity

Speaker: Dr. Keith Sawyer

Speaker Bios

Karl Anders Ericsson Karl Anders Ericsson, Ph.D., is the Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University.  He studies the measurement  of expert performance in domains, such as music, chess, nursing, law enforcement, and sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms through extended deliberate practice.  He has edited several books on expertise, the influential Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance and the recent Development of Professional Expertise: Toward measurement of expert performance and design of optimal learning environments, which appeared last year. He has published articles in prestigious journals, such as  Science, and Psychological Review. His ideas have been recently featured in  Gladwell’s book Outliers, Colwin’s Talent is Overrated, Coyle’s The Talent Code, Syed’s Bounce and Levitt and Dubner’s Superfreakonomics: The super-illustrated version.
Keith Sawyer

Keith Sawyer, Ph.D., Morgan Distinguished Professor of Educational Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the world’s leading scientific experts on creativity, collaboration, and learning. His 2007 book Group Genius (Basic Books), written for a broad audience, draws on his research on jazz and improv theater to show the reader how to be more creative in collaborative group settings and how to change organizations for the better. Group Genius is his tenth book; his other books on this topic include Explaining Creativity and Creating Conversations.

Dr. Sawyer combines his scientific expertise with a strong hands-on background in real-world creativity. After receiving his computer science degree from MIT in 1982, he began his career with a two-year stint designing video games for Atari. From 1984 to 1990, he was a principal at Kenan Systems Corporation, where he worked as a management consultant on innovative technologies. His clients included Citicorp,  AT&T, and U.S. West. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1994, he has dedicated his career to research on collaboration and group creativity.

Dr. Sawyer is frequently interviewed on television (CNN, CNBC, Fox News) and radio. He has been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including TIME, The New York Times, U. S. News and World Report, and many others. His most recent books include Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity (2013) and Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation (2012)