Online Class: Innovative Thinking

This course will explore ways to identify what actually is innovative and help you expand your mind about how to harness the power of thinking differently.

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Course Description

Welcome to "Innovative Thinking" where you will find ways to change your mindset, transform your ideas, and begin to look at the world in a new way. In twelve lessons you are invited to examine and investigate, analyze and synthesize characteristics of innovative thought and action.

Develop innovation skills, learn about different types of innovation and the key factors to make your organization an innovative place to work and grow new ideas. Leaders will discover how to implement these skills into the workplace, to train employees, and to assess the effectiveness of these changes.

Individuals will explore personal issues that stand in the way of more creative and innovative thinking. This course will guide each person toward new ventures, exciting pathways and supply methods for development of your natural strengths in exciting ways.

After taking "Innovative Thinking" you will feel the passion to take the next step in your career. After taking "Innovative Thinking" you will know how to lead others toward more success through different thought paths. Innovative thinking is essential to success in your personal life as well as your business. Get the skills, develop your confidence and become a more interesting person.

Goals and dreams don't happen without working to make them happen. Make this a first step in creating your future. Gain the knowledge and expertise you will need to move to a higher realm in your personal life or in your career, or in your organization. Protect your mind from becoming stagnate by grasping the skill of "Innovative Thinking."


  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 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:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(314 votes)

Lesson 1: What Is Innovation All About?

This first lesson introduces the aspects of what innovation is, and how it happens. Additional lesson topics: Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create and Develop Ideas for your Challenge; The Four Lenses of Innovation: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Notebook Activity
  • Assessment: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Three Main Types of Innovation

In the world of business strategists, different methods of innovative thinking have been grouped into three basic categories. Additional lesson topics: Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation; Double Down, Explode, Bridge and Breakout: The innovation options; Several Types of innovation 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Tools and Exercises to Increase Innovation

The three basic tools for innovative thinking are brainstorming, development, and implementation. These depend upon each other for success in innovation. Additional lesson topics: The Brain Exercise That Boosts Creativity; Several Exercises for Creativity and Innovation in Business 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Idea Champions, Idea Incubators, New Venture Teams, and Skunk Works

In this lesson, the focus is on the structures for people who build teams and bring others into their sanctuary of creativity, innovation, and drive to succeed. Additional lesson topics: An Investigation of New Venture Teams in Emerging Businesses; The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus; The Heart of Innovation 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 4

Lesson 5: How to Develop Innovative Thinking Skills

The interesting part of learning to become innovative is that you awaken to life. Those who build the skills of play, asking questions, learning to fail, be uncomfortable, and heighten sensory awareness will live a deeper more meaningful life. Additional lesson topics: 5 Techniques That Build Creative Thinking Skills; How to Build Your Innovation Skills 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Ten Ways to Generate Ideas

Expand your thinking in every way, without any boundaries. Find the syncopation in the rhythm of life. Additional lesson topics: Generating New Ideas; Seven Strategies for Generating Ideas 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Five Ways to Narrow Down Ideas

After an innovative team gets through the brainstorming phase, they have to narrow it all down into one idea. The issue is to turn the team from divergent thinking to convergent thinking. Additional lesson topics: To Find Your Next Great Business Idea, Narrow Your Focus; Home-Based Business-Narrowing Down Your Ideas 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Steps to Further Refining Ideas

In refining ideas, the development team must be aware, listen, observe, and take notes. The team must know that their job follows the idea into conception and beyond. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Key Factors for an Innovative Organization

Key factors for organization innovation include the attitude of the company, its leaders, and its board of directors. Additional lesson topics: The Keys to Creating an Innovative Organization; Innovation's Nine Critical Success Factors 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment

Lesson 10: 15 Barriers to Organizational Innovation

Thinking about those many innovators who risked their ego, money, time, and so much more to bring the world into this technological age is empowering. Humans who fail to create, fail to live. Companies that fail to innovate, fail to thrive. Additional lesson topics: The Hidden Barriers to Innovation; Ten Organizational Barriers that Limit Innovation 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Implementation and Assessment of Innovative Ideas

In this lesson, implementation and assessment will be looked at throughout this entire process, from idea inception, to the birth of that product on the store shelves. Additional lesson topics: How to Evaluate Ideas 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video

Lesson 12: Characteristics of Innovative Managers

The characteristics of innovative managers come together to support the skills they have developed. 62 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam 12
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what innovation is.
  • Describe three main types of innovation.
  • Describe tools and exercises to increase innovation.
  • Recognize idea champions, idea incubators, new venture teams, and skunk works.
  • Summarize how to develop innovative thinking skills.
  • Describe ten ways to generate ideas.
  • Describe five ways to narrow down ideas.
  • Summarize steps to further refining ideas.
  • Determine key factors for an innovative organization.
  • Describe 15 barriers to organizational innovation.
  • Describe implementation and assessment of innovative ideas.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Innovative Thinking
Course Number: 8900339
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (314 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: June 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 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

  • "I really enjoyed delving into innovation and the underlying requisites for achieving innovation." -- Richard E.
  • "This course was very useful and informative. Thank you!" -- Onika M.
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