Online Class: Creative Thinking

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Course Description

Personal creativity is a valuable resource for individuals and teams involved in all industries. It is useful for artists, writers, and students, but also in business and science. This course is designed to serve the interest and needs of all these endeavors and more. 

This course offers several creative tools with explanations of how to utilize them. Creativity is an elusive concept, but it can be nurtured and developed. These eleven lessons look at creativity from every possible angle. Prompts to inspire creative ideas are included along with exploration of broader concepts central to creative work.

Naturally creative people will be assisted in reaching their full potential and anyone at any level of creativity can develop the skills to generate more and better ideas. Vertical and lateral thinking are explained including many useful applications for both.

These lessons detail the skills needed to utilize observation, imagination, and abstracting. The process of forming patterns, using analogies, and accessing body thinking are laid out in ways that are easy to understand and use. Mental tools are fully explored, but also emotional tools such as aesthetics and empathizing. These concepts are combined in ways that make for the best possible uses for all types of people in all professions. The course also looks at logic and reason from the standpoint of incorporating creative ventures. After these eleven lessons, users will have a vast resource of tools and processes for developing personal creativity. Each lesson also has brief quizzes to assist with recalling and reviewing key points of the lessons before moving on. There is no other course or resource that takes as extensive of a look at creativity and its uses as this one.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
  • Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

    Course Lessons

    Average Lesson Rating:
    4.9 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
    "Extraordinarily Helpful"
    (164 votes)

    Lesson 1: What Is Personal Creativity? The Basis of Personal Creativity

    The utility in creativity is in finding new solutions, generating new ideas, and executing those solutions and ideas in ways that are different from what is expected or repeated. 11 Total Points
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
    • Complete: Exam 1

    Lesson 2: What Are the Creative Tools?

    The focus of this lesson will be on recognizing the more basic, but vitally important, mental and emotional tools each person has that can be used to fuel personal creativity in a powerful way. 10 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: The Three Basic Principles Behind All Tools for Creative Thinking: Attention, Escape, and Movement; Creativity Tools: 24 Free Online Creative Thinking Tools
    • Complete: Exam 2

    Lesson 3: Vertical Thinking

    Vertical thinking drives out distraction, while lateral thinking celebrates it. 10 Total Points
    • Review Article: What Is Vertical Thinking?
    • Complete: Exam 3

    Lesson 4: Lateral Thinking

    Thinking laterally involves letting go of patterns and comfortable processes. It means giving up the direct approach. 10 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: Lateral Thinking Puzzles; How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work
    • Complete: Exam 4

    Lesson 5: Using Creative Tools

    This lesson will focus in detail on four specific, effective, creative tools. SCAMPER, Random Input, Mindmapping, and DO IT are well-documented and well-practiced techniques for generating ideas and digging deep into personal creativity. 10 Total Points
    • Review 3 Articles: SCAMPER; Random Input; What is a Mind Map?
    • Complete: Exam 5

    Lesson 6: More Creative Tools

    Most of the creative tools are some form of brainstorming. They are meant to draw your ideas, or the groups ideas, out into the open or onto paper, so they can be utilized for whatever task or project you are approaching. 10 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: Round Robin; How to facilitate a creative brainstorm
    • Complete: Exam 6

    Lesson 7: Observing, Imagining, and Abstracting

    The development of personal creativity relies very heavily on the utilization of observation, imagination, and abstraction. 10 Total Points
    • Review 3 Articles: A Fix for Fixation?; The Art of Observing; How to Crank up Your Creativity
    • Complete: Exam 7

    Lesson 8: Forming Patterns, Analogizing, and Body Thinking

    Forming Patterns, Analogizing, and Body Thinking are three ways of engaging the mind, processing information, and developing personal creativity. Each one has the potential to utilize different mental, emotional, and physical tools. 10 Total Points
    • Review 3 Articles: Reaction Formation; How to Use Analogies to Introduce New Ideas; Four Ways to Innovate through Analogies
    • Complete: Exam 8

    Lesson 9: Empathizing, Dimensional Thinking, and Modeling

    Personal creativity is greatly advanced by the assistance and varying viewpoints of others. All industries stand to benefit from better, and more productive, human interactions. 10 Total Points
    • Review Article: Why Empathy Is The Force That Moves Business Forward
    • Complete: Exam 9

    Lesson 10: Playing, Transforming, and Synthesizing

    The three topics for this lesson are particularly important for the long view of creative work. 10 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: The Benefits of Play for Adults; 25 Ways to Keep Ideas Flowing in Your Workplaces
    • Complete: Exam 10

    Lesson 11: Measuring Creativity

    The desire to measure creativity is vested in the desire to hire and entrust people with work that requires, or at the very least benefits from, a creative mind. 10 Total Points
    • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
    • Take Survey: Course Comments
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Exam 11
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Define what personal creativity is.
    • Identify what are the creative tools.
    • Describe vertical thinking.
    • Describe lateral thinking.
    • Summarize using creative tools.
    • Describe observing, imagining, and abstracting in creative thinking
    • Describe forming patterns, analogizing, and body thinking.
    • Summarize empathizing, dimensional thinking, and modeling.
    • Describe playing, transforming, and synthesizing in creative thinking.
    • Describe methods for measuring creativity, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Creative Thinking
    Course Number: 8900338
    Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
    Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (164 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
    Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
    Syllabus: View Syllabus
    Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
    Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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