Creative Thinking: A Free Online Course from Imperial College London

From Peter Childs (Head of the Dyson School of Design Engi­neer­ing at Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don) comes a free course that explores cre­ative think­ing tech­niques, and how to apply them to every­day prob­lems and glob­al chal­lenges. The course descrip­tion for Cre­ative Think­ing: Tech­niques and Tools for Suc­cess reads:

In today’s ever-grow­ing and chang­ing world, being able to think cre­ative­ly and inno­v­a­tive­ly are essen­tial skills. It can some­times be chal­leng­ing to step back and reflect in an envi­ron­ment which is fast paced or when you are required to assim­i­late large amounts of infor­ma­tion. Mak­ing sense of or com­mu­ni­cat­ing new ideas in an inno­v­a­tive and engag­ing way, approach­ing prob­lems from fresh angles, and pro­duc­ing nov­el solu­tions are all traits which are high­ly sought after by employ­ers.

The great­est inno­va­tors aren’t nec­es­sar­i­ly the peo­ple who have the most orig­i­nal idea. Often, they are peo­ple- or teams- that have har­nessed their cre­ativ­i­ty to devel­op a new per­spec­tive or more effec­tive way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing an idea. You can train your imag­i­na­tion to seize oppor­tu­ni­ties, break away from rou­tine and habit, and tap into your nat­ur­al cre­ativ­i­ty.

This course will equip you with a ‘tool-box’, intro­duc­ing you to a selec­tion of behav­iours and tech­niques that will aug­ment your innate cre­ativ­i­ty. Some of the tools are suit­ed to use on your own and oth­ers work well for a group, enabling you to lever­age the pow­er of sev­er­al minds.

You can take Cre­ative Think­ing: Tech­niques and Tools for Suc­cess for free by select­ing the audit option upon enrolling. If you want to take the course for a cer­tifi­cate, you will need to pay a fee.

Cre­ative Think­ing will be added to our list, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Long Game of Cre­ativ­i­ty: If You Haven’t Cre­at­ed a Mas­ter­piece at 30, You’re Not a Fail­ure

How Walk­ing Fos­ters Cre­ativ­i­ty: Stan­ford Researchers Con­firm What Philoso­phers and Writ­ers Have Always Known

David Lynch Explains How Sim­ple Dai­ly Habits Enhance His Cre­ativ­i­ty

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