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Using Creative Problem Solving

Learn how to solve everyday problems using creativity with this online course about hands-on Creative Problem Solving.

24,654 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Explore Creative Problem Solving for daily life and in the workplace

Would you like to learn how to develop essential creative problem-solving skills? This 4-week course will help you discover how to apply creative problem-solving to different areas of your life - at home, work, and in social situations.

What is creativity?

Starting off with some activities to get those creative juices flowing, you’ll gain an understanding of what creativity is. We’ll explore different definitions of creativity before asking what creativity means to you.

Discover how to enhance your creativity

There are so many ways to be creative, so we’ll explore this in more detail. We’ll look at some sources of creativity, think about how to enhance it, and learn what the 4 P’s of creativity are.

By evaluating the habits of some creative people, you’ll discover how to form a more open and creative mindset. We’ll discuss the 4 stages of creativity and the determinants of organisational creativity.

Explore creative problem-solving tools like mind mapping

The final two weeks will be focused on exploring creative problem-solving tools such as mind mapping, brainstorming, and brainwriting.

We’ll discuss the difference between creative thinking and critical thinking so that you understand the process behind your problem-solving.

What topics will you cover?

Week(1): What is Creativity

Week(2): How to Use Creativity

Week(3): Creative Problem-Solving Tools: Mind Mapping, & Synectics

Week(4): Creative Problem Solving Tools: Brain Storming, Brain Writing, Six-Thinking hats, & Design Thinking

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Solve problems creatively
  • Apply creative problem-solving skills
  • Explore creative problem solving

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to boost their confidence when it comes to creative problem-solving, you don’t need any previous experience of the topic.

What software or tools do you need?

In this course, you will be invited to post your creative projects on Padlet, an online virtual “bulletin” board, where we can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures. We will also be using an interactive map called ZeeMaps to build our international learners community. Please don’t worry, clear instruction will be given on how to use these tools as we go along.

Who will you learn with?

Sirirat teaches creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation management. She graduated from the University of Cambridge and is now living and teaching in Taiwan. She speaks six languages.

Your Lead Instructor of the Creativity and Creative Problem Solving Course!

Who developed the course?

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU)

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) was originally founded in Shanghai in 1896 and was re-established in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1958.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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