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Igniting the Light of Online Creativity: The Virtual Inspirational Six (The V-i6)

This workshop consists of 3 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 1:00 pm-2:00 pm CST on February 19, 2021, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm CST on February 26, 2021, and 1:00 pm-2:00 pm CST on March 5, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

“Going online” may be our modern purple prose to replace “It was a dark and stormy night.” However, not all is lost for in-person classroom teachers. Much can be gained by learning new strategies and methodologies while transitioning from in-person to virtual learning. The V-i6 are six strategies and methodologies that provide positive, effective teaching experiences focused on six key fundamentals: Animate, Originate, Rejuvenate, Stimulate, Deus Ex Machina, and Tell the Story.

Recognizing that learning is considerably more gratifying when subjects weave together naturally, rather than remain compartmentalized, the V-i6 help teachers rekindle exciting interdisciplinary connections that reveal how all academic subjects work in tandem. The very nature of the V-i6 methods illustrates the ease of transitioning across all teaching modalities, including hybrid, asynchronous, and synchronous online learning environments. This workshop, together with the vast number of free conferencing and online teaching platforms such as Zoom, Eduflow, Top Hat, RCampus, and Thinkific, make “going online” not such purple prose after all!

Module 1: Strategies That Animate and Originate Emergent in Virtual Learning Classes.
Participants learn how to apply the first two V-i6 strategies to energize content that engages student learning in a virtual environment.

  • Apply creative online resources
  • Reach beyond the traditional
  • Bring interdisciplinary connections to life
  • Share resource tools
  • Create unexpected connections and associations

Module 2: Strategies That Rejuvenate and Stimulate in a Virtual Environment.
Participants learn how to apply the next two V-i6 strategies through rejuvenating and stimulating virtual learning activities and examples that recognize the connections between the sciences and the humanities and inspire innate curiosity.

  • Identify captivating and engaging video talks and presentations
  • Become a team learner, shifting from passive viewer to active participant
  • Continuously apply several online resources
  • Create a meeting of minds experience
  • Generate stimulating discussion questions

Module 3: Strategies to Develop Dues Ex Machina Ad Lucem and to Tell The Story.
Participants learn how to apply the last two V-i6 strategies to discover diverse solutions to complex problems and understand that behind every fascinating idea is an illuminating story that is relatable and relevant to modern students.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking activities that reveal creative solutions in a new light
  • Show unorthodox solutions to complex problems
  • Learn to tell the story behind every fascinating idea and discovery
  • Use visualization techniques to become an online actor
  • Share ideas, concepts, strategies, methodologies, and stories to enhance creative thought


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


Registration Type
Early Registration Fee
on or before
January 29, 2021
Registration Fee
January 29, 2021
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$200$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$250$350

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to February 5, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by February 5, 2021. Refunds will not be given after February 5, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

About the Facilitator

Stewart BarrPhilosophy, Humanities, and Linguistics, Pima Community College (retired)
Stewart Barr’s unique “Mephistophelian” style of teaching attracted hundreds of students with the desire to not simply learn, but to think differently during his 35-plus years in higher education. He was faculty in and chair of the humanities, philosophy, religion, and speech departments at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. He has been awarded Best of Pima, Outstanding Faculty, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Faculty of the Year at Pima Community College. In 2006 he was invited to present at the Oxford Roundtable on Religion and the State. He is very active with NISOD, having presented at the organization’s annual conference as a Master Presenter, facilitates conversations for the Monthly Webinar Series, and recently co-authored an article published in Innovation AbstractsHe has also worked across the curricula to develop interdisciplinary courses, including Bio-Medical Ethics in Biology, Philosophy of Law for Business, and the Philosophical Foundations of Science for Physics. He has a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Comparative Religion, an M.A. in Oriental Studies with a minor in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. 

Anthony PituccoPhysics, Mathematics, and Logic, Pima Community College (retired)
Anthony (Tony) Pitucco is best known as the creative educator who injected comedy and playful, over-dramatized acting into his physics lectures at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Tony has been actively involved in higher education for over 40 years. He was faculty in and chair of the physics and astronomy departments at Pima Community College where he also taught mathematics, philosophy, and humanities. Tony holds several awards, including The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Science Arizona Professor of the Year, The Dr. Wayne McGrath Outstanding Faculty Award, the Pima Community College Outstanding Faculty Award, and was selected by USA Today to receive the Teaching Excellence Award Top 50 Professors in the USA. Tony has also authored articles that have appeared in various academic journals such as Astrophysics and Space Science and The Physics Teacher, and has co-authored a children’s textbook titled, The Restaurant at the Beginning of the Universe. He is very active with NISOD, having presented at the organization’s annual conference as a Master Presenter, facilitates conversations for the Monthly Webinar Series, and recently co-authored an article published in Innovation AbstractsIn 2016, Tony was one of the selected faculty to establish and present Best Practices in Teaching Physics in China’s Shunde Province to their university faculty. Tony holds a B.S. in Physics, a M.Ed. in Philosophy and Foundations of Education, a M.S. in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in the area of mathematical physics.

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