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.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(432 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. Additional lesson topics: Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius; Creativity Workout: 62 Exercises to Unlock Your Most Creative Ideas 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: The Three Basic Principles Behind All Tools for Creative Thinking: Attention, Escape, and Movement; Creativity Tools: Several Free Online Creative Thinking Tools 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Vertical Thinking

Vertical thinking drives out distraction, while lateral thinking celebrates it. Additional lesson topics: What Is Vertical Thinking? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Lateral Thinking

Thinking laterally involves letting go of patterns and comfortable processes. It means giving up the direct approach. Additional lesson topics: Lateral Thinking Puzzles; How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: SCAMPER; Random Input 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Round Robin 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Observing, Imagining, and Abstracting

The development of personal creativity relies very heavily on the utilization of observation, imagination, and abstraction. Additional lesson topics: A Fix for Fixation?; How to Crank up Your Creativity 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Four Ways to Innovate through Analogies; Reaction Formation; How to Use Analogies to Introduce New Ideas 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Why Empathy Is The Force That Moves Business Forward 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Playing, Transforming, and Synthesizing

The three topics for this lesson are particularly important for the long view of creative work. Additional lesson topics: The Benefits of Play for Adults 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Exam 11
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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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Creative Thinking
Course Number: 8900338
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (432 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2022
Course Type: 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
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "What a wonderful class that can really open up the minds of people that just need a little PULL to their creative side." -- Jim B.
  • "I found this course very helpful and interesting. It was well organised and I found the practical examples very helpful in understanding the more complex aspects that were being taught. I also liked that it showed a practical understanding of the application of the different approaches; for example, don't set aside play time for a team that is under resource and time pressure. Thank you!" -- Claire R.
  • "Interesting ideas. Appreciated the different ways of thinking." -- Sharon M.
  • "it was very helpful in learning how to use different thinking strategies in my life." -- Corionna L.
  • "This was helpful in giving unique ways to look at and measure creativity." -- Adriana Z.
  • "The course was good, it took some time to understand the work but I enjoyed it." -- Amber W.
  • "I enjoyed participating in this course greatly. Thank you." -- Kolleen D.
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