Creative Intelligence and Culture

T&L 900: ONL: Creative Intelligence and Culture Syllabus (partial)


Do you have students in your classrooms who love to read but hate math? Students who would rather play basketball than sit at a computer? Students who are always talking with their friends, and those who prefer to be alone? As a teacher, you interact with students who have individual preferences and intelligences. They also have cultural and subcultural groups that influence them.

Teachers and students have many ways to exercise creativity and intelligence. This course helps you identify your own cultural influences and creative intelligence. This knowledge will enable you to help your students appreciate their unique mix of shared culture and individual creativity.

In this course you learn how to recognize cultural and subcultural influences that provide a context for individual creativity and intelligence. You may want to use some of the exercises and activities that you complete in this course in your own classrooms. I invite you to use the following exercises and activities: cultural observations, organic and linear modes of problem solving, intelligence profile, family landscape drawing, relational drawings, and interpreting an advertisement.


Devers, Karen D. Awaken Your Holistic Brain. Imagine Art, 2006. ISBN 0974524808.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Describe your cultural and subcultural influences.
  2. Recognize the organic and linear modes of thinking.
  3. Identify the multiple intelligences and create a personal intelligence profile.
  4. Use visual imagery to portray emotions and relationships.
  5. Use logical analysis and visual thinking to recognize what motivates you and helps you solve problems creatively.
  6. Create a lesson plan focusing on creative intelligence and cultural awareness.

Assignments and Grading

This course has six lessons, and you must complete all of the lessons to receive credit for the course. You are to complete the lessons in sequence, so do not complete them out of order. All the lessons have required reading from the book. Be sure to complete the assigned readings and read the instructional notes carefully. The notes provide a detailed explanation for the assignments that follow.

Some assignments will require that you submit several electronic files of images or Internet sites. To create an electronic file when required, you may save it from the Internet source, or print the file and either scan it or take a digital photo of it. Save your files as .pdf or .jpg formats.

Each lesson has an assignment that is worth 50 points. The total for the course is 300 points. Your final grade for the course will be based on your total points accumulated out of the 300 points possible. Your grade for the course is based on the following scale:

 A 90 – 100% 270 – 300
 B 80 – 89% 240 – 269
 C 70 – 79% 210 – 239
 D 60 – 69% 180 – 209
 F Less than 60% Below 180

You can view your grade by clicking on the Course Tools button under Tools on the navigation bar to your left and then click on My Grades.

The assignment sections contain a feature titled, Note for Your Classroom which offers suggestions for how you can adapt the activities in the assignments for use in your classroom.

Understanding Assignment Points

Please note that the points awarded each assignment are carefully considered and can help you understand the value placed on the assignment. The designated points may also help you plan the time needed to complete the assignment. For example, the two essays in lesson 1 are worth 10 points each, but the activity is worth 30 points. I would expect you to spend more time on the activity. I will grade these assignments accordingly. While there may be occasions where you end up spending more time on an assignment that is worth less than another, this will probably be the exception. You can use this standard for all of the assignments.

I will evaluate your performance based on the following criteria.

  1. Directions are followed correctly.
  2. All assignments must be completed, labeled, and easy to read.
  3. Assignments are proofread and edited to achieve college-level work.
  4. Points are assigned for each activity so that students know how the assignments are weighted.
  5. Written assignments must be clearly written, thorough, precise, and accurate.
  6. Drawing and art assignments must follow the directions and are not graded on artistic ability.

Scholastic Dishonesty

Students enrolled in this course are expected to be aware of the seriousness of scholastic dishonesty. Unacceptable behavior such as submitting someone else’s work as your own, cheating on exams, or plagiarizing can result in failure of the course or other sanctions. For a more detailed description of these policies, please refer to the UND Code of Student Life, Section 3-3 at


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