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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.

The 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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 Lesson 1: What is Personal Creativity? The Basis of Personal Creativity.

Lesson 2: What are the Creative Tools?

Lesson 3: Vertical Thinking

Lesson 4: Lateral Thinking

Lesson 5: Using Creative Tools

Lesson 6: More Creative Tools

 Lesson 7: Observing, Imagining, and Abstracting

Lesson 8: Forming Patterns, Analogizing, and Body Thinking

Lesson 9: Empathizing, Dimensional Thinking, and Modeling

Lesson 10: Playing, Transforming, and Synthesizing

Lesson 11: Measuring Creativity

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
  • Know using creative tools.
  • Describe observing, imagining, and abstracting in creative thinking
  • Describe forming patterns, analogizing, and body thinking.
  • Know 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Exam 110
Exam 210
Exam 310
Exam 410
Exam 510
Exam 610
Exam 710
Exam 810
Exam 910
Exam 1010
Exam 1110
Total Points:111

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