Laycock Center Creates Virtual BYU Tour

Collaborative team creates virtual Byu tour

Recently, an interdisciplinary team from BYU’s Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration finished creating a virtual tour of BYU campus.  The project involved Jeff Sheets and Derek Hansen, two members of the Creativity, Innovation, and Design Group.  You can check out the virtual tour by visiting  For more information about the project see this news release from BYU News: A Virtual View of BYU.

Students Get the Word Out on Fundacion Paraguaya

Students Get the Word Out on Fundacion Paraguaya

Tucked away on the fourth floor of the Harold B. Lee Library, a unique group of students is hard at work on a project that could potentially affect the way hundreds of charitable organizations help the poor all around the world. The students’ goal is to tell the story of a new and exciting social innovation that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of lifting people out of poverty.

The class is part of a series of classes held in the library that brings together students from all different disciplines to work on a project that will affect the social good. This specific project includes advertising, animation, graphic design, media arts (film), and instructional psychology and technology majors working together with Fundación Paraguaya since the beginning of winter semester to bring the vision of Martin Burt, the founder of Fundación Paraguaya, into reality. Burt wants to provide an easier way for charities around the world to ascertain the poverty levels of individual families and address how they can change their situation.

DropThought: Feedback on College Courses Right Here, Right Now


Ever been told by a professor in a class to “hold that thought”? Well, Michael Atkisson, a graduate student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at BYU, would say to drop it. 

DropThought is a two-way instant feedback system that allows students to give instructors anonymous, real-time feedback on their learning. With the DropThought mobile app or LMS widget, students leave feedback spontaneously or as prompted by their instructors in a simple three-step process: select an assignment, enter a comment and a sentiment that represents their overall experience, and click “Submit Feedback.” 

Instructors can see and respond to anonymous comments, sort comments by topic, and track trends by viewing sentiments over time, among other features.

Click here to learn more and watch the video.

Innovation 101

Promoting Undergraduate Innovation Through a Two-Day Boot Camp

Over the years many training methods for creativity and innovation have been developed. Despite these programs and research, further improvement is necessary, particularly in schools of technology and engineering education, where previous efforts have focused on developing solutions to defined problems, not in identifying and defining the problems themselves in ways that promote creative outcomes. This study presents initial efforts to develop an instructional program designed to teach innovation to undergraduate technology and engineering students. Results from a pre/posttest analysis using both the Torrance Tests for Creative Thinking and a survey with self-reported data indicate that the Innovation Boot Camp was successful because it (a) encapsulated innovation into a process that students could learn and apply, (b) engaged students in multidisciplinary groups, and (c) provided a hands-on, activities-oriented curriculum explicitly designed to enhance innovation. Notwithstanding, ideas for improvement and further research and development of the curriculum are described.

To take this one credit, intensive, hands-on, active learning, fully immersive Innovation Boot Camp course, look for Tech 312 in the BYU catalog.  This may be one of the funnest, most useful one credits you’ll ever earn.

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