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Creative Problem Solving

University of Minnesota via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Self Improvement
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
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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.

This course will help you understand the role of creativity and innovation in your own work and in other disciplines. It will challenge you to move outside of your existing comfort zone and to recognize the value of that exploration. This course will help you understand the importance of diverse ideas, and to convey that understanding to others.

The principal learning activity in the course is a series of "differents" where you are challenged to identify and change your own cultural, habitual, and normal patterns of behavior. Beginning with a prompt, e.g. "eat something different", you will begin to recognize your own = limits and to overcome them. In addition, you are encouraged to understand that creativity is based on societal norms, and that by it's nature, it will differ from and be discouraged by society. In this course, the persistence of the creative person is developed through practice. At the same time, these exercises are constrained by concerns of safety, legality, and economics, which are addressed in their creative process.

Taught by

Brad Hokanson and Marit McCluske

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2.3 Based on 8 reviews

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Anonymous
1.0 4 years ago
Bart completed this course.
I dropped pretty early, so my review is only about the first few weeks into the course.

During the lectures I noticed the ideas about creativity did not stroke with my own. I opted out of the course, not adding their ideas to my won. The material and the method the material was taught did not resonate with me. It felt more like a self-help book for the confidence and Facebook like atmosphere for the 'fun' than an actual course. The course could probably be very good to achieve certain personal goals. And could probably be very interesting if you are into that content and style. And certainly fun for those who like the approach. But I'm dropping this one.
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Rooswilhelm R
3.0 3 years ago
by Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I enjoyed thinking up the practical creative exercises, and the mood in the discussion rooms is positive and fun. The theory on creativity is presented in a very simple, understandable way - whether it suits you depends a bit on how much you have read on creativity before and on your learning style. The course doesn't take up a lot of time, so check it out and see for yourself.
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Maxime Z
2.0 2 years ago
by Maxime dropped this course.
Just tried it a few months ago, but wasn't interested enough in the introductory presentation to go further.

Didn't actually planned to review this course (confused it with another one, although I took both), but couldn't find how to cancel my review. Probably better not to take my opinion into account. Sorry for that...
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Dana D
1.0 4 years ago
Dana partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found the layout for the course difficult to follow. Need to did and paw to find correct links. No logical plan set fourth. "lessons" seem somewhat pointless.
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Kellie M
5.0 3 years ago
Kellie audited this course.
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Anderson T
2.0 3 years ago
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Michela P
2.0 a year ago
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C T
2.0 4 years ago
C partially completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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