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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds Hello and welcome back. Before we dive into the theory surrounding creativity, we have a fun activity for you to start with. No need to take this one too seriously, just enjoy the child-like joy of creation and let’s see what you come up with. Let’s play “My monster, my pet.” The task is simple You need to create a monster that you would ideally like to have as a pet. You can draw it, paint it, create it digitally create a 3D monster, using objects from around your home, make it out of clay, papers or play dough, whatever you choose. However, the emphasis is on your creative mind, not on using the most flashy and extravagant materials.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds When you are done upload a picture of your monster to Padlet, with a short explanation of what its special features are and why you choose them. Remember, you don’t need to justify every choice. Some features may be there simply because you like them. Here are some questions to start you off. Is your monster short or tall? What special skills does it have? What will you do with your monster once it becomes your pet? Is it more like a human or an animal? What’s its name? What color is it? Does it speak English, or another language? What kind of character does it have? Is it obedient, or naughty? What does it like and dislike?

Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds Start as soon as you like, and enjoy the creative experience.

Warm Up Your Creativity!

I love creativity, do you?

Creativity may sound abstract and fancy to many people; however, it’s something real and really fascinating for me. I love being different and create changes to surprise myself in my everyday life. Do you also experience and expect the same as me? If your answer is yes, you have made the right choice in joining this course! Let’s begin our four-week creative journal together!

Meet the team

I’m Sirirat Lim, the main instructor for this course, and you will be hearing from me in each section. I have a passion for teaching, and creativity is one of my favorite subjects. I have taught students from over 30 countries across more than 20 disciplines. My philosophy of teaching is to let students learn by doing and by reflection; this means that you are going to learn this course through many hands-on exercises, creative projects, and active discussions. I always encourage students to think outside the box when they conduct their projects.

I have a team of three teaching assistants helping me in designing and running the course for this year, their names are Alina, Clara, and Gina. Alina is a Taiwanese, Clara Indonesian, and Gina is from Honduras. All of them are studying Global MBA program at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Imgur The learning process will keep you busy and we hope that you will enjoy it and take away as much as possible. Feel free to share your opinions anytime as well. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and have a store of creativity treasures by the end of the course.

Let’s begin our journey with a fun game “My Monster, My Pet” to warm up your creativity!

Create your own original monster, give it a name and endow it with unique characteristics. After that, post your monster on Padlet!

If you are unfamiliar with Padlet, please read the instructions and follow the steps given. Do not worry, Padlet is very easy to use!

Note: the site will direct you out of FutureLearn to a third party website. Image upload format: JPG or PDF, under 25MB.

I also encourage you to share your experience while creating your Monster Pet in the Comments section below!

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Using Creative Problem Solving

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