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Learner Career Outcomes

25%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

50%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to the Course

7 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Course Methods: Creative Skill Development7m
Idea Generation: Brick Activity4m
DSD General Introduction5m
DSD 1 Eat introduction1m
Critiquing and Making Improvements2m
Brief tutorial on shooting pictures for the class16m
2 readings
Introduction - read this first10m
The Creativity Crisis [ published in Newsweek 2010 ]10m
1 practice exercise
#1: Newsweek16m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Divergent and Convergent Thinking

4 videos (Total 36 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Play and Creativity7m
DSD 2: Child50s
Steven JohnsonTED talk: Where Good Ideas Come From17m
1 reading
Steven Johnson - Where Good Ideas Come From10m
2 practice exercises
Originality Development Engine #1 [do this each week]5m
Where Good Ideas Come From Introduction
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Creativity, Motivation and Observation

7 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Creativity and Motivation4m
Mindmapping3m
Beliefs, Habits, Skills and Knowledge2m
Give Differently Introduction53s
Attribute Listing: Observation and Application4m
Bricolage + Exquisite Corpse as Creativity Techniques3m
1 reading
Chapter 1: Developing Creative Thinking Skills10m
1 practice exercise
Originality Development Engine #2 [do this each week]5m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Creativity and Observation

7 videos (Total 31 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Brush Your Teeth2m
Left Brain/Right Brain Thinking5m
Top 10 Things About Creativity8m
Moving Forward5m
Conclusion1m
Creativity Models and Theories4m
2 readings
An external evaluation of your creative lifestyle20m
Creativity Resources and Tools10m
1 practice exercise
Originality Development Engine #3 [do this each week] PC5m
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Top reviews from Creative Problem Solving

By AFMar 2nd 2016

SO INTERESTING AND FUN. Have you ever took a stranger'S secret and propose another stranger to take that secret in exchange of one of his? This course is an opportunity to do crazy stuff like that!

By MCSep 7th 2019

During this course i have learned a lot of interesting new things and i have learned that the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity. There are no wrong answers

Instructors

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Brad Hokanson, PhD

Professor
College of Design
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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....

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