Excitement about UK Core Arts and Creativity

Today I had the pleasure of lunching with two faculty, each of whom is teaching a UK Core Arts and Creativity course.  One faculty member has over 30 years of experience, the other just four.  Yet, both spoke of how rethinking their courses within the creativity paradigm of the Arts and Creativity learning outcomes has energized their work.  One spoke of how thinking about creativity has resulted in students reflecting on their writing and resubmitting the work, and how incorporating drawing into exercises has led students to express themselves in words and art to achieve deeper understanding of the concepts.  The other spoke of meta-cognition and getting students to really think about the many ways in which humans are “creative,” and how students are developing IDEA Books to chronicle their own paths to creativity  Both indicated that students are engaged and active, and are enjoying the course.

I hope to have more of these discussions as time goes on.  Talking about excitement in the classroom sure made for a wonderful lunch!

Best wishes,



About Mike Mullen

I currently serve as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kentucky. I am also a Professor of Soil Sciences in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture.
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