Igniting the Light of Online Creativity: The Virtual Inspirational Six (The V-i6)
“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
About the Facilitator
Stewart Barr, Philosophy, 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 Abstracts. He 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 Pitucco, Physics, 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 Abstracts. In 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.