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Unlocking The Creative Brain: Develop and Teach Skills For Creative Thinking

Explore the neuroscientific principles underpinning creativity, and learn the scientific methods to foster creative classrooms.

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Unlocking The Creative Brain: Develop and Teach Skills For Creative Thinking

Discover the neuroscience of creativity

Creativity is an extremely important skill but it can be difficult to explain and to teach others. There is a science to it though, and we can link research into the brain’s functions to the creative process.

On this course from CQ University, you’ll learn the science behind creativity and how you can teach others to be more creative.

Foster your own creative practice

Before you can cultivate creativity in others, you need to understand your own creative process and how creative thinking is developed.

You’ll start by delving into the neuroscience of creativity, using the latest research and insights about how our brains actually work and connecting this to your own process.

By analysing the principles of creativity, you’ll compare convergent and divergent thinking and discover how to think outside the box and foster creative solutions to problems.

Build the skills to teach creativity to others

Innovative and creative thinking is often thought of as a natural gift that can’t be taught, but that isn’t true. Creativity can be nurtured and developed, it just takes the right tools and techniques.

On this course, you’ll look at the brain processes surrounding creative thinking and how you can teach others to tap into them. You’ll also explore the importance of collaboration in creativity and the ways that you can use this in the classroom.

By the end of the course, you will be better equipped to foster your own creative practice and teach others how to be more creative.

What topics will you cover?

  • Creativity
  • Creative thinking
  • Innovation
  • Convergent and divergent thinking
  • The neuroscience of creativity
  • Brain processes, collaboration
  • Neuroscience

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Define and explain the concept of creativity
  • Classify the neuroscientific principles that underpin the creative process
  • Apply insights from neuroscience to be more creative and foster creativity in others
  • Define the four steps of the classicly defined creative process

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for managers, consultants, educators, and project leaders that want to cultivate creativity as a core skill in themselves and their teams.

Who will you learn with?

I am the Associate Director Academic, Social Innovation and Head of Innovation Courses at CQUniversity. I have a particular interest in creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and design practices.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

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  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • 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

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  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • 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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