Creatively Flexible, Technology Fluent-Developing an Optimal Online Teaching and Design Mindset

Danah Henriksen, William Cain

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In this chapter, we propose that online courses or programs require what we term as a creatively focused and technology fluent mindset (a “CFTF” mindset) on the part of faculty, instructors, instructional designers and other program stakeholders. Such a mindset must be grounded in multiple things: A knowledge of the discipline and of teaching with technology, a creative willingness to try new things and experiment with technologies, and a willingness to push students to consider and re-consider what they know. Through this chapter, we describe the context for change in emerging opportunities for online learning environments and then describe the factors that comprise a CFTF mindset for instructors, designers and developers in online environments. This mindset is built upon theoretical foundations in creative thinking, openness and willingness to experiment. Finally, we share examples of how CFTF has played out in one course in the Educational Leadership & Innovation Ed.D. program at Arizona State University, along with reflections and recommendations-as a means to exemplify what such a mindset might look like in real-world online learning settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTertiary Online Teaching and Learning
Subtitle of host publicationTOTAL Perspectives and Resources for Digital Education
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789811589287
ISBN (Print)9789811589270
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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