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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHello and welcome to our course in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. My name is Sirirat Lim. and I'm teaching at the institute of management of technology National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. I'm so glad that you've chosen to take this course with us, and I look forward to sharing knowledge and learning together. Are you still unsure whether you're creative enough to take a course in creativity? Well, this course is for everyone. As we explore later in this course, creativity is not necessarily a natural talent you must be born with. Creative skills can be enhanced and practiced, and we will show you how to do that in this course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsOver four weeks we take you through different theories and activities, from the core concept of creativity to practical applications of creative problem-solving. I will now give you some suggestions on how to get the most out of this course

Skip to 1 minute and 10 secondsYou will need some simple materials: such as papers, colored pens, and a device that can record photos and videos, such as a mobile phone. The most important thing is to let go of your assumptions and allow your imagination to run wild. If this is your first Future Learn course, please download and review our general advice on how to get the most out of a Future Learn course. I hope you find this course informative, challenging, and most of all... FUN! Let’s get started...

Welcome to the course!

Hello! Welcome to Creative problem-solving. Thank you for joining this course. We hope you enjoy the next four weeks with us. Before we begin our journey, let’s make you understand more about us.

Why we are here?

This course is all about creativity, helping you think in a different way. It was designed by the National Chiao Tung University to help people solve problems in their work or private life. In the course, we start by understanding creativity and move to techniques for helping you develop your creativity. Let’s color your life via creative thinking!

How does the course work?

Each week, we will prepare some interesting assignments, articles and exercises to provoke your creativity. In week 1, we’ll concentrate on the meaning of creativity, which includes breaking up the myths about it. We’ll also help you to clarify the relationship between innovation and creativity. In week 2, we’ll systematically introduce the sources of creativity, ranging from the individual to environmental factors (i.e. Amabile’s model), and Rhodes’ 4P creative model. We expect to discuss together the sources of creativity, and how these factors might affect you as an individual. In week 3, we focus on processes in the 4P model to help introduce you to problem-solving techniques and the decision making process. You will also learn to use some practical tools such as mind-mapping. We’ll help you build up a way to think efficiently. For the final week, we will bring in several more useful creative problem-solving tools, such as brainstorming, brain-writing and the six thinking hats. We will also to introduce another resource of the creative problem-solving process.

Why you are here?

Your turn to say hello to your fellow learners and us so that we’d know more about you. This is a huge community of learners from all over the world. You are going to discover some amazing people in the discussion below. Feel free to give comments and click “follow.”

Share with us something about:

  1. Who you are?
  2. Why you want to take this course?

Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the link to our interactive map - you will see the “Creativity and Problem-Solving” webpage.
  2. Click “add marker-simple” in Additions on the left-hand side.
  3. In the “Add entry” page, a. Leave your nickname and add your country’s name. b. Tell us what’s the greatest thing in your country/city in the description. c. Show one awesome picture with us.
  4. Click “submit.”
  5. Welcome to our big creative community!

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