Creative Problem Solving

开始时间: 待定 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 信息,技术与设计

大学或机构: University of Minnesota(美国明尼苏达大学)

授课老师: Marit McCluske Brad Hokanson



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This course will help you understand the role of creativity, innovation, and problem solving in your own life and across disciplines. It will challenge you to move outside of your existing comfort zone and to recognize the value of that exploration. What makes an idea creative, anyway? This course will help you understand the importance of diverse ideas, and to convey that understanding to others. It will cover methods for generating new ideas, increasing motivation, and ways to increase your own creative ability through assessment and discussion. 

The principal learning activity in the course is a series of "differents" where you will be challenged to identify and change your own cultural, habitual, and normal patterns of behavior. Creative prompts such as "eat something different" and "do something as a child" will encourage you to recognize your limits and overcome them. In addition, you are encouraged to understand that creativity is based on societal norms, and that by its nature, it will differ from and be discouraged by society; in this course, the persistence of the creative person is developed through practice. You will learn how to approach problems in divergent ways and apply this knowledge to your daily endeavors. 


  1. Introduction: including creativity as an area of study, course methods, and doing something different. 

  2. Divergent and convergent thinking: developing multiple ideas as a skill.

  3. Creative methods: Mindmapping and attribute listing as ways to generate more ideas.

  4. Creativity and observation: Random image stimulation and room observations; left and right brain thinking; applying divergent and convergent thinking. 

  5. Creativity models and theories: Evaluating creativity; associations test v. Torrance tests. Osborne, Epstein.

  6. Creativity and motivation: Building a creative lifestyle; the importance of internal and external motivation; the value of failure.

  7. Conclusion: Applying new creativity skills in real life; general review and connection with other fields. Testing your own creativity. Convincing others to be creative.  Other opportunities to be "different".





This course deals directly with your ability for creativity which is a critical skill in any field. It focuses on divergent thinking, the ability to develop multiple ideas and concepts to solve problems. Through a series of creativity building exercises, short lectures, and readings, learners develop both an understanding of creativity and increase their own ability.