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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Approx. 24 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 minutes to complete

Welcome to CIC!

Welcome to Creativity, Innovation, and Change (CIC)! In this introductory module, we welcome you to the course and inspire you with videos that introduce you to Penn State and get your creative muscles warmed up! Dive in and get started!

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2 videos (Total 3 min)
2 videos
Bring Friends to CIC!1m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

CIC Mindset & Innovation Toolbox

Creativity, innovation, and change require a unique mindset and collection of mental tools. In this module, we will introduce you to the CIC mindset and to Intelligent Fast Failure (IFF) as a powerful tool for innovating. First, you will learn how to alter the way your brain works to produce ideas in the process called Mind Warping. Next, you will act to change your life and the world around you by fully using your own uniqueness. Finally, you will do what is considered impossible starting with little or no knowledge and few resources. Easy, right? Try it and see!

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9 videos (Total 23 min), 2 quizzes
9 videos
Idea Journal4m
Wild Mind2m
Mind Warping1m
8th Muda3m
Life as Continuing Experiment3m
Bold Acts of Defiance Exercise35s
Change2m
Shoe Tower Assignment44s
Week
3
9 hours to complete

Understanding Creative Diversity

Welcome to the world of creative diversity! In this module, you will discover that creativity comes in many different shapes and sizes, each of which is equally important in solving the world’s problems. Specifically, you will learn about four key variables that define and describe creative diversity, including your creative style and your creative level. You will also learn how creative diversity impacts the ideas you generate and how you make use of them, as well as how to recognize and appreciate the creative diversity of others around you.

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9 videos (Total 42 min), 4 quizzes
9 videos
Creative diversity7m
Creative Style Estimation Exercise1m
Creative Divergence5m
Ideation Evaluation Techniques4m
The Paradox of Structure3m
Critical Problem Solving Process4m
SAP Design Thinking Jam6m
Creative Diversity Application5m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

CENTER Model

In this module, you will learn about the 6 practices of the CENTER model, which stands for Character, Excellence, owNership, Tenacity, Entrepreneurship, and Relationship. Each practice will move you closer to realizing the ideas you are generating and developing using the tools you’ve learned so far! To top things off, you will design your Life Ring with a partner and take your first action steps toward projects and ideas you are passionate about.

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7 videos (Total 32 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
Entrepreneurship6m
OwNership2m
Tenacity4m
Excellence3m
Relationships3m
Life Ring Assignment5m
Week
5
6 hours to complete

Value Creation

How can you take your ideas and use them to create value? In this module, you will use the change equation (D x V x I = Change) to understand factors in big, impactful change. We will also show you the value of creating a memorable, lasting impression, symbol, or logo (a brand) for the change or product/service you create. Next, we’ll talk about social entrepreneurship and the importance of the context of change or new products and services. Finally, we’ll show you the 5 parts of the Action Map and how they work together, and you will use the Action Map to identify needs, pains, and ideas you may want to work on.

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7 videos (Total 24 min), 3 quizzes
7 videos
Change Equation40s
Branding1m
Social Entrepreneurship4m
Interview with Taylor Mitchum3m
Action Map11m
Action Map Assignment50s
Week
6
4 hours to complete

Change

Creativity and innovation involve many types of change, from small to large, incremental to radical, and slow to fast. In this last module of the course, you will become familiar with, and increase your awareness of, processes of change, so you can understand better the change path you are on. We’ll show you how to see the past, the present, and the future as a continuous whole, so you can recognize and create opportunities and take action to increase your creativity. This module will also help you deepen your learning from the previous modules and expand your understanding of change with your new CIC mindset and toolbox in mind.

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6 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Using Failure to your advantage2m
Creative diversity and getting past resistance 3m
How does CENTERING help us change? 1m
Value Creation / Spotting and acting on opportunities2m
Processes of change 2m
1 reading
Idea Cloud (Optional Material)10m
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Top reviews from Creativity, Innovation, and Change

By PCSep 1st 2015

An awesome course with good explanations and tasks.\n\nAt the end of the course, it enabled me to think the other way that I usually do not do on looking at any object.\n\nThank you team.

By ADMay 15th 2016

It is an amazing course which will truly boost your creativity, help you interact better and bring about change in society. The assignments in this course are also fun-filled! :)

Instructors

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Dr. Kathryn W. Jablokow

Professor
Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering
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Dr. Darrell Velegol

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
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Dr. Jack V. Matson

Professor Emeritus
Department of Enviromental Engineering
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Elizabeth Kisenwether

Assistant Professor
Engineering Design

About The Pennsylvania State University

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