Author, educator and artist Robert Kelly is an associate professor at the University of Calgary where he is academic coordinator of the Collaborative Creativity & Design Thinking for Innovation graduate program in the Werklund School of Education and an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts where he teaches design. His pioneering work in the area of collaborative creativity, creative development, design thinking for innovation in education and educational transformation has been recognized nationally and internationally. Robert has developed and prototyped several courses and programs in these fields in teacher education at his home institution and as an invited visiting scholar at numerous postsecondary institutions in Canada.
His newest book (in press) entitled Collaborative Creativity: An Educational Imperative – Maximizing Creative Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship makes the case for the educational imperative of the development of collaborative cultures in education and across diverse organizations to maximize the innovation potentials of design and creative practice in both physical and virtual collaborative innovation networks.
This work was preceded by his volume entitled Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation and Invention (2016) that makes the argument for systematic creative development as an essential pillar of educational practice. This book focuses on how systematic creative practice is operationalized across the educational spectrum to enable a culture of innovation and invention.
Robert is profiled on the University of Calgary’s Great Teachers website and has received numerous teaching excellence awards. He has been a featured national and international keynote speaker on the topics of collaborative creativity, creative development, design thinking for innovation and educational transformation and across public and private sector organizations. He most recently presented his work on creative development in education at the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) in Paris, France.