Time to Pencil It in: Innovations 2005 Planned for April

Posted: January 25, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Faculty members and students should plan now to share their classroom creativity for “Creativity Is Alive at Innovations 2005,” the annual expo that will be held on April 27. The Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services (DoIT) asks faculty members to add the event to their syllabi, students to put it on their calendars, and all to keep it in mind when planning projects.

Students can showcase projects such as individual or group writing, artwork, videos, web pages, science projects, experiential learning, community projects, technology innovations, and other demonstrations of intellectual and artistic achievements. They may submit work already submitted elsewhere, but the project must have a unique new component. Projects or activities need not flow entirely from class requirements and can represent learning and creativity across the range of university units offering learning experiences to students and student workers.

Instructors also have an opportunity to display and demonstrate their learning innovations. Faculty members can be part of a submission as a contact person or in another role; joint faculty and student displays are encouraged, as they demonstrate the potential of these unique learning situations.

The annual expo provides cash awards to outstanding exhibits in categories of community partnership, originality and creativity, best use of technology, most effective corporate interaction, most effective technology tool, and most interesting research project. Student attendees are also given the opportunity to vote for a winner of the popular students’ choice award. The deadline for submissions is April 20, but earlier submissions will receive more attention, and—given space and limited technology considerations—will have a higher priority for inclusion. Clarification of technology, space, and other needs on the application is critical to ensure effective presentation of projects. Examples of past years’ projects can be viewed online.

Innovations 2005 is sponsored by DoIT, the Office of the Provost, University Life, University Libraries, Student Services, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Century Club of George Mason University Inc. More information and applications are available here, or by contacting Amy Green, agreen4@gmu.edu, 703-993-4735; or Star Muir, smuir@gmu.edu, 703-993-2939.

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