Creative Problem Solving

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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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...
[ Update: Enrollment for this course is now closed. ]

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. 

Here's what some students from the first time we offered this course:

"First let me say how much I enjoyed this class. It has changed the way I think both in business and in my personal life. I am a project/operations manager in the insurance industry. Taking your class made me realize that there are no bad ideas and that each idea may lead you to something better." 

"I am really glad I took this class. It offered me an opportunity to do something that I otherwise would not have done. I will continue practicing the techniques I learned from this class and strive to be more creative in the future."

“You will have fun”, said professor Hokanson in the introduction video to the course. After 6 weeks of pure joy and fun I admit: it is to 100 per cent true. Joining the course, I was thinking about how I can enlarge my knowledge about creativity, learn more about different creative techniques and problem solving which I actually did. However, I got much more than I expected from this course, maybe even more important things than theory and knowledge itself."
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 9 months ago
The Activities (DSDs) are the core of the course alongwith the feedback you get from peers through discussion forums. It was a great experience to see and learn from other people's creativity all over the world, such were just mind boggling. The course provides great simple tools that you can use in your everyday life to boost your creativity. I also thoroughly recommend fully reading the book suggested in the course by Steve Johnson "Where great ideas come from",its a gem! The male instructor is knowledgable but can be a bit dull at times and the female instructor has a more engaging manner and is easy on the eyes (prob not relevant..lol). All in all a great course that i thoroughly enjoy, you will only get out of it as much as you put in the DSD activities, IMO, but definitely well worth it!!
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7 years, 9 months ago
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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