Virtual CPSI Core CPS FAQ

How does the whole thing work?

All sessions will take place live on Zoom. The week before your class starts, you will receive an email with the links for your class Zoom, as well as any other materials or links you need. You should plan to attend all 8 sessions of your class. These classes will meet on Zoom and will utilize Mural, so a strong internet connection will be necessary and a working webcam is preferred. 

What will classes be like?

As with anything CPSI-related, you can expect that the sessions will be engaging and participatory — no boring webinars here! Our instructors are working hard to make each class engaging and informative. Each class session is 2 hours long unless otherwise specified.

When can I meet new people and socialize?

You will become part of a cohort of participants led by dedicated instructors. Within this cohort, you will have the opportunity for team building, networking and continued learning.

When do classes take place?

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:00 PM EST.

CPS Level 1: Foundations of Creative Problem Solving will meet on the following dates: September 29, October 1, October 6, October 8, October 13, October 15, October 20, and October 22.
CPS Level 2: Creative Problem Solving Tools will meet on the following dates: October 27, October 29, November 3, November 5, November 10, November 12, November 17, November 19

What version of Zoom should I be using?

We want to make sure that your Virtual CPSI Core CPS experience is the best it can be. One thing you can do is to make sure that you have the most updated version of Zoom on your computer — they just sent an update on May 30. Go to to get the latest version. 

If you have a second device or screen available, you may want to have it ready to enhance your experience. 

Will I need to be familiar with anything other than Zoom?

Each course will utilize several digital tools throughout the learning experience, including Mural for whiteboard space, and Slack for communication. Details and links will be available after you register and before the first class starts.

To make this the best possible experience for you and your fellow attendees, please check out our “Participant Best Practices.” Plan for your time in sessions — have a drink or snack close by, and make sure you have a pen and some paper to write on. Be ready to participate and enjoy your sessions – our presenters have been working hard to plan the best workshops possible.

What supplies or materials do I need?

Grab a journal or some paper and something to write with, a beverage or a snack, find a comfortable spot to sit, and be ready to participate in each class. Participants will be let into each session about 5 minutes before the start time and for up to 15 minutes afterward, unless otherwise specified.

Is there programming for kids and teens?

At this time, we are not offering any Core CPS programming for kids and teens.

You’re recording these sessions — does that mean you’re recording ME?!

Your participation in CPSI grants and conveys unto the Creative Education Foundation all rights, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made during participation in CPSI, including but not limited to royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.  If any attendee does not agree to this photographic and video release, notify staff at the registration desk, and please keep your camera off. 

This is great! How do I let other people know about this?

Please help us spread the word about Virtual CPSI. Feel free to copy and paste the text below and email it to someone you think would be interested in attending. 

Text to email: Hi! I am excited to tell you that I will be attending the first-ever Virtual Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI, affectionately pronounced “SIP-see”) Core CPS Program which takes place in a few short weeks.

You can also help make this conference amazing by following us and sharing about your experiences on social media. We can be found in the following spaces:

Instagram- @cef_cpsi

Twitter/Facebook- @cpsiconference

LinkedIn- #creativeeducationfoundation

What are some participant Best Practices?

  • Plan to be on camera, if at all possible. It helps you to stay focused on the session and get the information that you signed up to learn, and it helps our leaders to get instant physical feedback.
  • Make sure your name appears on your Zoom. Click the “participants” button, then your name to rename yourself if you need to. 
  • Please prepare ahead of time so that you can stay in one place. Walking around can cause nausea or visual problems for other attendees.
  • You’ll be muted on entry, please stay muted (mute is shown as a red slash through the mic icon) unless invited to unmute by the presenter. 
  • Use the chat function to ask questions of the presenter and interact with your fellow participants. If you need any technical help, use the chat function to talk with the volunteer Wing assigned to your session.
  • Please respect instructors’ rules for engaging and responding. 
  • Show silent agreement through jazz hands, fingers making a heart, me too sign (thumb and pinky up, toggling back between you and the screen), snaps.
  • Waiting room will open 5 minutes before the session start time. No one will be let in from the waiting room after 15 minutes.