Teaching Skills for Tomorrow: Strategies for Problem Solving and Collaboration

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Today's employers are seeking graduates with skills such as problem solving and collaboration. This session will explore how to build those skills in any discipline using creative problem solving framework with Web 2.0 tools.


Shara Lee, Ed.D. currently serves as a campus director for Faculty & Instructional Development at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She joined Valencia in 2013 after five years with the University of Central Florida as a faculty member with the Office of Experiential Learning. Utilizing her 10+ years of hospitality industry experience at The Walt Disney Company, Dr. Lee has also enjoyed adjuncting for business/hospitality courses in online, hybrid and face-to-face settings for corporate, for profit, and not for profit sectors. Her doctoral work in experiential learning earned recognition as the National Society for Experiential Education’s Outstanding Education Research Award in 2013. Dr. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from Stetson University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.
Gary Kokaisel is a Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer at Valencia College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a minor in Anthropology from University of Central Florida, and a Master of Science degree from Walden University in Instructional Design and Technology. Through the Center of Teaching/Learning Innovation and Faculty and Instructional Development courses, he partners with faculty to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for teaching and learning; designs and develops classroom tools for all modalities; and consults with faculty in regard to their pursuits in developing with the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator.

Additional Authors

Katie is the Faculty Fellow at the Collaborative Design Center at Valencia College, a space designed to engage the college and surrounding community in innovation, creative problem solving, and collaboration by design. In her role, Katie has the unique opportunity to engage the college faculty and staff in discovering ways that creative thinking and collaboration positively impact the culture and the work of the college. Katie has been a Professor of Communication at Valencia for 9 years and has worked at the college since 2001 in various departments from advising and Student Development to Student Success. She graduated from UCF with a Bachelors of Arts in English Education, a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, and a Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication. She is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and FourSight Thinking Profile.

Extended Abstract

The National Association of Colleges and Employers identifies seven career readiness competencies for today's graduate that includes critical thinking/problem solving and teamwork/collaboration (www.naceweb.org, 2016). It can be a challenge for educators teaching in any modality to identify strategies for cultivating such skills in addition to teaching content, but the online environment poses unique constraints. In this session, educators will experience a collaboration technique used throughout creative problem solving processes called divergence and convergence as well as explore free online tools for enlivening this technique in an online environment.