Modules

Create Your Path Workshop 1: Resources, Experiences

Create Your Path Workshop 1: Resources, Experiences
Discover, Integrate, and Focus

Objective:  In this introductory module, students will identify experiences and resources they have leveraged thus far in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Students will be introduced to the innovation process by reflecting on the building blocks of specific resources, followed by key experiences, and integrate them together in order to begin creating their unique path.

Activity – Students will:

  • Identify key experiences and resources.

Development – Students will create:

  • A journal or portfolio.
  • A list of key experiences and resources.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

    • Access the innovation process.
      Use Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle
    • Begin the self-innovation process for themselves.

Create Your Path Workshop 2: Visual Journey Story, Hero’s Journey

Create Your Path Workshop 2: Visual Journey Story, Hero’s Journey
The Hero’s Journey

Objective:  In this workshop, students will learn the cycle of the Hero’s Journey and apply it to key experiences they have had, gaining insight into the path they have taken. They will also create your own visual journey story to help “show and tell” your story so far.

Activity – Students will:

      • Break down a key experience they have had into different components of the Hero’s Journey.

Development – Students will create:

      • A visual representation of the Hero’s Journey.
      • A visual representation of their journey with key experiences.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

      • Use the Hero’s Journey for their self-innovation process.

Create Your Path Workshop 3: Strengths, Passionate Interests

Create Your Path Workshop 3: Strengths, Passionate Interests
Strengths and Passionate Interests

Objective:  In this workshop, students will utilize reflection of the micro and macro to gain insight into the skills they have, the values they hold dear, and the passionate interests that engage them.  Students will zoom in on a key experience to appreciate the lessons to be learned from it, then step back to look at the big picture.  Finally, students will focus on a path guided by their strengths and passionate interests, amassing a list of the key things that make them unique.

Activity – Students will:

        • Use key experiences to identify strengths and passionate interests.
        • Deconstruct and create a visual mindmap conceptualization of those key experiences.

Development – Students will create:

        • A list of strengths and passionate interests.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

        • Identify strengths and passionate interests through micro and macro reflections.
        • Discern a more focused path.

Create Your Path Workshop 4: Artifacts, Specific Strengths-Interests-Values

Create Your Path Workshop 4: Artifacts, Specific Strengths-Interests-Values
Artifacts

Objective:  In this workshop, students identify an artifact that symbolizes their strengths and passionate interests.  Students will develop meaning, understanding, focus, and the potential to leverage those strengths and passionate interests that make them unique and learn how to communicate their potential.

Activity – Students will:

          • Find an artifact that symbolizes their strengths.
          • Show and tell the story of their strengths, interests, and values in action.

Development – Students will create:

          • An opportunity to show their artifact.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

          • Communicate the story of their strengths and passionate interests using their artifact.

 Create Your Path Workshop 5: Envision, Challenge, Questions

Create Your Path Workshop 5: Envision, Challenge, Questions
The Challenge Tree

Objective:  In this workshop, students will identify an area of focus and develop their path based on their findings from the previous workshops.  Focusing on the future, students will start applying a system of innovation in order to create their vision of the future, engaging in a strategic process.

Activity – Students will:

            • Envision the unique future they want to realize.
            • Use the Challenge Tree metaphor to identify questions for personal innovation.

Development – Students will create:

            • A vision of their success story.
            • A list of questions using the Challenge Tree and the Ladder method.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

            • Root down and branch out using the self-innovation process.

Create Your Path Workshop 6: Idea Generating

Create Your Path Workshop 6: Idea Generating
BrainRain and Buckets

Objective:  In this workshop, students will learn how to take their questions from Workshop 5 to the ideation stage of the innovation process.  Students will engage in intentional, innovative thinking about their future, both immediately and long-term.  Students will break down a big challenge into smaller ideas.

Activity – Students will:

              • Utilize various ideation methods to generate new ideas.

Development – Students will create:

              • A list of ideas using the BrainRain method.
              • A list of ideas using the Buckets method.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

              • Utilize various tools to generate ideas.
              • Collect and capture ideas.

Create Your Path Workshop 5
Vision, Challenge, Questions, & Ideas
Objective: Focus now on the future. Utilize the self-knowledge that students have constructed about themselves and develop a new future vision for professional and academic success. Start applying an innovation system to create a vision for the future and engage in a strategic process to go from challenge to questions. Engage students in thinking intentionally and innovatively about their future, both immediate and long-term. Show them deconstruction and construction skills that break a big challenge down into smaller ideas. Guide them through generating more and better ideas for themselves with tools and techniques.

Create Your Path Workshop 7: Idea Analysis, Idea Synthesis, Concept Development

Create Your Path Workshop 6
Analysis, Concepts, Validation, & Communication to Launch
Objective: Guide students through a process to re-construct their ideas into better, more innovative developed concepts. Like a portfolio of intellectual property for their own academic and professional life, help them to build valuable personal knowledge and creative assets. Help students move from analyzed and synthesized concepts to a strategic plan for action that can be communicated well. Help them leverage their strengths and interests with resources and tools to create a new path towards a meaningful academic & professional destination.

Create Your Path Workshop 7: Idea Analysis, Idea Synthesis, Concept Development
Focusing Ideas

Objective:  In this workshop, students will move from ideation to concept building by selecting the best ideas from their lists.  Students will be guided through reconstruction of their ideas into better, more innovative concepts.  Students will work toward a portfolio of valuable personal knowledge and creative assets.

Activity – Students will:

                • Analyze their ideas, selecting the ones that are the strongest.
                • Synthesize their ideas into themes.

Development – Students will create:

                • A list of specific ideas they want to work on now.
                • A clustered list of ideas into thematic groups.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

                • View their progress along the self-innovation process thus far.
                • Funnel their ideas in order to further develop concepts.

Create Your Path Workshop 8: Selection, Concept Communication, Launch

Create Your Path Workshop 8: Selection, Concept Communication, Launch
Mapping, Synthesizing, and Launching

Objective:  In this workshop, students will learn how to test and select the best concepts to dedicate time to.  Students will learn how to communicate and advance these concepts.  Students will move from analyzed and synthesized concepts to a strategic plan for action that can be easily communicated.

Activity – Students will:

                  • Think critically about what it will take to act successfully on their concepts.
                  • Synthesize their concepts and act on one.

Development – Students will create:

                  • A list of criteria.
                  • A map of selected concepts.

Outcome – Students will learn how to:

                  • Select meaningful criteria.
                  • Advance the best concepts within those criteria.
                  • Make their selected concepts more robust.

 

 

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