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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."

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 Innovation All About?

Lesson 2: Three Main Types of Innovation

Lesson 3: Tools and Exercises to Increase Innovation

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

Lesson 5: How to Develop Innovative Thinking Skills

Lesson 6: Ten Ways to Generate Ideas

Lesson 7: Five Ways to Narrow Down Ideas

Lesson 8: Steps to Further Refining Ideas

Lesson 9: Key Factors for an Innovative Organization

Lesson 10: 15 Barriers to Organizational Innovation

Lesson 11: Implementation and Assessment of Innovative Ideas

Lesson 12: Characteristics of Innovative Managers

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 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.
  • Know how to develop innovative thinking skills.
  • Describe ten ways to generate ideas.
  • Describe five ways to narrow down ideas.
  • Know 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Notebook Activity1
Exam 111
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Exam 210
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Exam 310
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Exam 410
Exam 510
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Exam 610
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Exam 710
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Exam 810
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Exam 1010
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Exam 1210
The Final Exam51
Total Points:162

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