Last updated : 07 Aug 2016

Creative Problem Solving

Summary

This course deals directly with your ability for creativity which is a critical skill in any field. It focuses on divergent thinking, the ability to develop multiple ideas and concepts to solve problems. Through a series of creativity building exercises, short lectures, and readings, learners develop both an understanding of creativity and increase their own ability.

Programme

Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to the course

  • Readings
  • Lectures
  • Assignments and Review
  • Assignment: DSD 1: Eat something different

Week 2: Divergent and convergent thinking

  • Lectures
  • Assignments and review
  • Quiz 1: Newsweek
  • Assignment: DSD 2: Talk

Week 3: Creative methods

  • Videos
  • Assignments and review
  • Assignment: DSD 3: Smooch

Week 4: Creativity and observation

  • Lectures
  • Assignments and review
  • Quiz 2: Johnson Introduction

Week 5: Creativity models and theories

  • Videos
  • Assignments and Review
  • Quiz 3: Liquid Networks video, Johnson RSA & TED talk
  • Assignment: DSD 4: Give differently

Week 6: Conclusion

  • Lectures
  • Resources and other materials

Learning outcomes

This course deals directly with ability for creativity which is a critical skill in any field. It focuses on divergent thinking, the ability to develop multiple ideas and concepts to solve problems.

Through a series of creativity building exercises, short lectures, and readings, learners develop both an understanding of creativity and increase their own ability.

Teaching-Learning methodology

The course includes: 3 quizzes on video and reading material, and four do something different assignments.The discussion forums Each unit will include: A set of lecture videos, some of which contain activities to complete Originality Assessment Engine" – creativity drills to measure your increasing creative abilityOne of a series of 4 "Do Something Different" assignments with peer evaluations

Assessment

Each DSD (assignments in the course) is worth 25% of grade; all must be completed with an average score of 70% to pass the course.Certificate – $ 49

  • Soft skills Problem solving
  • Language English
  • Other languages (eg. Subtitles) Unknown
  • Period of activation Unknown
  • Date Unknown
  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Level of commitment required 4-6 hours/week
  • Cost Free MOOC, Paying certification * See platform for details
  • Providing institution University of Minnesota
  • Mooc Platform Coursera
  • Target group Unknown
  • Instructor Brad Hokanson, Jody Lawrence
  • Level of assistance offered The instructors for this course will have online office hours every week where they are available to respond to frequently asked/upvoted questions in the discussion forums.Every month instructors will also be posting a video as a "live" review of some of the most interesting DSD assignments.Generally email is discouraged.
  • Keywords Problem solving, creative skills, creativity models, It basic knowledge, it security