Test_Creativity, Innovation, and Change

About this Course

This course empowers learners to develop their creative human potential to improve, enhance, and transform their businesses, communities, and personal lives. Processes like Intelligent Fast Failure will teach you rapid prototyping skills, while the Adaption-Innovation creative style spectrum will help you understand how and why your ideas are unique - and how you can work better with others to solve complex problems. Personal reflection tools like CENTER add a character development dimension to the course that is an important first step towards unlocking your creative potential. Along the way, you will engage with a rich set of tools, exercises, and metrics in order to understand these concepts and how they impact the development of your creative life and career. Joining the team are Dr. Susan Russell, Associate Professor of Theater and Dr. John Bellanti, Psychologist. Susan will lend her unique artistic talents to video production and course projects. John is a life coach and will be guiding students from a behavioral change perspective during their creative journey in the course.

  • Course CodeZO-25
  • Classes Start 06 September 2013
  • Estimated EffortAbout 18 hr/week
  • Course Schedule Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (IST)

Course Syllabus

Time-frame: 8 weeks, starting in September 2013

Week 1: Creative Identity

  • The Importance of Failure

  • Creative Diversity

  • Establishing and Building Character

Week 2: Idea Generation

  • Ideation Methods

  • Idea Journal

  • Creative Divergence

Week 3: Idea Evaluation

  • Idea Evaluation Methods

  • Critical Problem Solving Techniques

  • Establishing What to do and How to do it

Week 4: Building a Creative Team

  • Creative Diversity Application

  • Collaboration Skills

  • Team Formation in Organizations

Week 5: Inspiration and Research

  • Receiving advice and feedback

  • Finding out what others have done

Week 6: Creativity Metrics

  • 8th Muda: Measuring Latent Creativity

  • Level and Style Metrics

  • Lag versus Lead Metrics

Week 7: Experiment Planning and Prototyping

  • Problem Solving Methods

  • Intelligent Fast Failure and Experimentation

  • Taking Full Ownership Creative Project

Week 8: CIC Synthesis and Reflection

  • Next Steps

  • CLICK: Creating Leadership through Ideas resulting in Change and Knowledge

  • Project Showcasing

About the Instructor



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An open mind, and a willingness to create your future! 

Course Format

This course will employ both traditional and nontraditional methods of online teaching, with a focus on experiential learning. Each module will consist of videos to showcase new concepts and introduce case studies with optional creative exercises that encourage the learner to go down unexpected paths to critical moments of understanding. Interactive discussions with course professors on discussion forums and video chats and reflective writing pieces will stimulate students to look within themselves to perceive changes occurring in their lives.

By definition, this course also needs to live up to its name by being creative, innovative, and inviting change while it is in progress. In the spirit of co-creation, we will be open to new perspectives about these topics and will incorporate them as the course evolves. From week to week, we will discuss insights into the learning process from participant submissions and feedback, and we will integrate these insights into the course.    

Suggested Readings

Although many of the class materials will be provided online, students who want to expand their knowledge beyond the materials provided can find further coverage of the course topics in various recommended readings, which we will include (among others):