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Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success

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 bac...
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Platform: Coursera
Video: 1h 6m
Language: English

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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.

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 pick and choose which of these tools or techniques suit your needs and interests, focusing on some or all of the selected approaches and in the order that fits best for you.

The practical approach of this course enables you to acquire an essential skill-set for generating ideas, with plenty of:
– Fun e-tivities and exercises;
– Practical lectures and tips;
– Video representations of the techniques in action.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
– Pick a type of brainstorming you think will be useful to apply to a challenge
– Use alphabet brainstorming in tackling a challenge
– Use grid brainstorming in tackling a challenge
– Use a morphological chart to synthesise a solution to a challenge
– Use the TRIZ contradiction matrix to identify recommended inventive principles
– Apply SCAMPER to a range of challenges

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.

Join this course and our community of practitioners in CREATIVITY!

You will learn

✓ Understand what creative thinking techniques are
✓ Comprehend their importance in tackling global challenges as well as in everyday problem-solving scenarios
✓ Select and apply the appropriate technique based on the opportunity to seize or the problem to tackle


There is no prerequisite, anyone can begin this course.. This course is also great for beginners without any Personal Development knowledge.

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This course is suitable for beginners.
Dyson School of Design Engineering
Imperial College London
Peter Childs is Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Professorial Lead in Engineering Design at Imperial College London. His general interests include: creativity tools and innovation; design process and design rationale; fluid flow and heat transfer, particularly rotating flow; sustainable energy component, concept and system design; robotics. Prior to his current post at Imperial he was director of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems, director of InQbate and professor at the University of Sussex. He has contributed to over 180 refereed journal and conference papers, and several books including the Handbook on Mechanical Design Engineering (Elsevier, 2013, 2018) as well as co-authoring books on rural urban migration, inclusive sports and sports technology. He has been principal or co-investigator on contracts totalling over £30 million. His roles at Imperial include joint course director for the Innovation Design Engineering double master degree run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art, and Design Lead for the Manufacturing Futures Lab. He is also Founder Director and Chief Scientific Officer at QBot Ltd.
Platform: Coursera
Video: 1h 6m
Language: English

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