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, and welcome to Creative Problem-Solving! Thank you for joining this course. We hope you will enjoy the next four weeks with us learning and practicing creative problem solving. Before we begin our creative journey, let’s make you understand more about us.

Why are we here?

This course is all about creativity. It aims to help you think in a different way. It is 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 what creativity is and then move on to some techniques for unleashing creativity.

How does the course work?

Each week, we will prepare some interesting assignments, short articles, and exercises to trigger your creativity.

In week 1, we’ll concentrate on the meaning of creativity, which also includes breaking up the myths about it. We’ll also discuss the relationship between innovation and creativity.

In week 2, we’ll introduce the sources of creativity, ranging from the individual to environmental factors, and the Rhodes’ 4Ps creativity model. We expect to discuss together some factors that inspire one to be creative, and how these factors might affect you as an individual.

In week 3, we focus on Processes, the third P in the 4Ps model to help introduce you to creative problem-solving techniques and decision making processes. You will also learn to use some practical tools such as mind-mapping. We’ll help you build up a way to think creatively and efficiently.

For the final week, we will bring in several more useful creative problem-solving tools, such as brainstorming, brain-writing, the six thinking hats, and design thinking.

Why are you here?

It’s your turn to say hello to your fellow learners and to 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 discussions that below. Please feel free to give comments and click “follow.”

Share with us something about:

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

Thanks for your sharing, now let’s start Building our 2018 Creative Problem Solving Community!

Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the link to our interactive map “2018 Creative Problem Solving” interactive map. This will lead you to a third party web page.
  2. On the left-hand side of the web page, find “Addition” and click “Add marker-simple”.
  3. In the “Add entry” page, a. Leave your nickname and add your country’s name. b. Tell us what’s the coolest thing in your city/country in the description. c. Share an interesting picture about yourself/city/country with us (not compulsory).
  4. Click “submit.”
  5. Done, and Welcome to our big international creative community!

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