About this Course
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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. This course will help you understand the role of creativity and innovation in your own work and in other disciplines. It will challenge you to move outside of your existing comfort zone and to recognize the value of that exploration. This course will help you understand the importance of diverse ideas, and to convey that understanding to others. The principal learning activity in the course is a series of "differents" where you are challenged to identify and change your own cultural, habitual, and normal patterns of behavior. Beginning with a prompt, e.g. "eat something different", you will begin to recognize your own = limits and to overcome them. In addition, you are encouraged to understand that creativity is based on societal norms, and that by it's nature, it will differ from and be discouraged by society. In this course, the persistence of the creative person is developed through practice. At the same time, these exercises are constrained by concerns of safety, legality, and economics, which are addressed in their creative process....
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100% online courses

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
3 hours to complete

Introduction to the Course

Creative problem solving is a skill that can be developed. It requires extensive work by learners, but the lessons, while not conveying traditional content, will change the you in ways you do not foresee, but ways which are cherished. The course is a hybrid; it will involve reading, writing, discussions, as well as specific exercises designed to increase and improve your creative skills. You will do work online as well as in the real world; it is designed to be fun and to change your ability for creativity....
Reading
7 videos (Total 48 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1.2 Course Methods: Creative Skill Development7m
1.3 DSD General Introduction5m
1.4 DSD 1 Eat introduction1m
1.5 Doing Peer Evaluations4m
1.6 Shooting Pictures16m
2014 DSD 1 Live Review8m
Reading4 readings
Introduction - read this first10m
Welcome to the course10m
Do This ---> New Originality Development Engine10m
The Creativity Crisis [ published in Newsweek 2010 ]10m
Week
2
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3 hours to complete

Divergent and Convergent Thinking

In this unit we'll look as some of the ways we can describe creativity and examine the concepts of divergent and convergent thinking. We'll look at generating more ideas, how to critique and make improvements, and continue to practice our development of ideas. Practice and exploration continue as these are the means we will continue to improve our own creativity....
Reading
6 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
2.2 Idea Generation: Brick Activity4m
2.3 Critiquing and Making Improvements2m
2.4 DSD 2 Talk introduction1m
2014 DSD3 [talk] Live Review10m
Steven JohnsonTED talk: Where Good Ideas Come From17m
Reading2 readings
New: Originality Development Engine10m
Johnson - Where Good Ideas Come From10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
#1: Newsweek16m
Week
3
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2 hours to complete

Creative Methods

Sometimes, we need external methods to help us touch all the bases in our creative capability. Here, we'll look at a couple of good methods for helping us generate new ideas.There are a wide range of creativity exercises available; these are but a few. Finding and practicing the development of ideas is an important aspect to becoming more creative....
Reading
4 videos (Total 9 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
3.2 Attribute listing2m
3.3 Beliefs, Habits, Skills and Knowledge2m
DSD 3 Smooch Introduction1m
Reading2 readings
3.0 Originality Assessment Engine10m
DSD 3 The Smooch Project10m
Week
4
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1 hour to complete

Creativity and Observation

A lot of the time, creativity can be spurred by something in the environment, triggering connections with new ideas. We react to things we have seen and our experiences; that is from where we build our new ideas. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 35 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
4.2 Attribute Listing: Observation and Application4m
4.3 Brush Your Teeth2m
4.4 Creativity and Motivation4m
4.5 Play and Creativity7m
4.6 Bricolage + Exquisite Corpse as Creativity Techniques3m
DSD 3 Live Review SPRING version10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
#2: Johnson Introduction20m

Instructors

Brad Hokanson, PhD

Professor
College of Design

Jody Nyboer, PhD

Instructor
School of Design

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

Frequently Asked Questions

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