What Makes an Effective Creative Course Online?


You will review fundamentals of online course design for the creative domains and identify key capabilities teachers need to maximize learner motivation and imaginative engagement. In the online environment, how can we find the means for students to share their creative process, discuss and critique creative work, and present their final creative work to others? 

Brought to you by the Kadenze Academy, Kadenze, Inc.

The Kadenze Academy is a platform for educators to engage in the creative arts,
design and creative education using digital and online technologies. We are the
scholarly community of practice at the heart of Kadenze, Inc., working closely with
our Academic and Industry partners.

Since 2015 we have produced online learning frameworks, professional learning
opportunities, teaching resources and support mechanisms from our collaborative
experiences in launching over 150 online courses in the arts, design, humanities, and
creative technologies.


This webinar is for you if you can answer YES to any of the following statements:

I am inundated with tips for online learning, but ‘tips’ alone don’t make coherent learning experiences.

I have been relying on zoom; now I need a framework to sustain my teaching.

I have a thriving course to move online, but most online courses are predictable and boring.

My supervisors are telling me online learning is here to stay, but where do I start?


What Makes an Effective Creative Course Online? 


Instructors:Instructors: John Holyoke, Lincoln Center Education, NYC and Amanda Morris, Director, Higher Education Engagement, Kadenze, Inc.


Duration: 45 minutes


What you’ll learn:

You will review fundamentals of online course design for the creative domains and identify key capabilities teachers need to maximize learner motivation and imaginative engagement. In the online environment, how can we find the means for students to share their creative process, discuss and critique creative work, and present their final creative work to others?”  

John Holyoke

John Holyoke is Assistant Director of Instructional Design and Delivery at Lincoln Center Education (LCE) and supports the teaching artist faculty in curriculum development, facilitation and professional development. John helped to develop Lincoln Center’s Pop-Up Classroom series and was instrumental in the writing and delivery of LCE’s online course for teaching artists as part of the Basics of Teaching Artistry Program on the Kadenze learning platform. He has helped to develop and refine Lincoln Center’s Teaching Artist Development Guide and served as consultant on Kadenze’s Technology Enabled Creative Learning framework. John began work at Lincoln Center Education almost twenty years ago as a teaching artist and has conducted numerous workshops at schools throughout New York City, Lincoln Center’s Summer Forum, and various conferences across the region and country.

Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris is an arts educator, known for innovative arts programs and creative collaboration. Her career spans leadership roles in higher education, as Executive Director Conservatoire at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Australia, as Dean Performing Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and as Director, Centre for Fine Arts, Music and Theatre at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Amanda’s expertise is in performing arts and digital media. At NIDA she provided leadership in research and development into drama and new media for which she won the first British Academy Award for Interactive Entertainment for an interactive digital learning program, StageStruck. Amanda established the NIDA Open Program, Australia’s largest performing arts short course program. Amanda is Director, Higher Education Engagement, developing Kadenze’s network of academic partners and driving new course development.

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1st November 2021


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6th December 2021


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Starting in November and continuing into 2022, the Kadenze Academy is offering a suite of three courses, themed around Unmuting Creativity Online, to prepare teachers for their post-COVID education world. Teachers everywhere are having to orchestrate learning in the classroom, alongside remote synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Seldom has there been a more pressing time for teachers to be creative in solving the wicked challenges they face. How do we devise and apply a learning design framework which is up to these challenges?


These courses are for those teaching the creative arts, design and creative technologies seeking a mature online learning framework for their disciplines.


  • The first course outlines Kadenze’s Technology Enabled Creative Learning SM (‘TECL’) framework, our proprietary online learning framework. 
  • The second course uses a range of proven online and video conferencing activities to build Reusable Learning Objects and creative learning pathways.
  • The third course shows how learning pathways come together as whole courses, designed for the fullest engagement of your students. 


All three Unmuting Creativity Online courses are designed and delivered by Kadenze Academy’s expert arts-educators as part of their undertaking to grow creative education as accessibly and affordably as possible.

About the Kadenze Academy

We stand on the shoulders of yesterday's giants and alongside the giants of today.

Creative Education and online learning design

From the very beginning, online learning design has principally focused on developing analytical and linear cognitive capabilities. As we are told repeatedly, these capabilities are essential for learners to hold down a successful job and build a powerful economy. Overwhelmingly learning design has engendered the cognitive operations of mind most commonly found in Mathematics, Chemistry, Language, Engineering and Business education.

This approach is underpinned by cognitive load theory which holds that for online instruction to be effective, care must be taken not to overload the mind’s capacity for processing information. Consequently, designers become concerned with extraneous load, working memory, redundancy and concerns about temporal and spatial split attention. All to ensure that students never become cognitively overloaded.

Kadenze Academy has developed an instructional design learning framework called Technology Enabled Creative Learning [TECL]; an arts-led learning framework which encourages learners to stay with all their senses (not only their cognition). We acknowledge that many creative arts and design experiences are deliberately designed to stretch the limits of cognition; that not all cognitive overload is necessarily negative. In such cases cognitive overload does not result in a loss of meaning or intelligibility. Indeed, it can be understood as cognition in the making, where the very fabric of cognitive life is renewed as it struggles to make sense of experience.

Kadenze educators see productive possibilities for learning in the overload, not simply as events which inhibit and confuse, but ones rich with imaginative and adventurous potential to transform knowing and understanding.