During this subject so far, you have been exposed to various theories about innovation and creativity.
Being able to apply these concepts in a practical manner is a key outcome of this subject.
You will work in-class to explore new solutions to a contemporary workplace problem, using techniques, concepts and theories discussed during the class and share ideas and information.
You will be given time in-class (Week 3 and 4) to work on your “creative” journey, share reflections inclass and explore the use of a variety of tools.
Using the ideas and information from your in-class participation you in writing and submitting an individual reflective essay.
Your task is to identify a work-related problem that you are currently experiencing at work or by choosing one from the list below.
You will need to develop new solutions by using techniques, concepts and theories discussed during your classes.
Some suggestions include: “fishbone diagrams”, “how to statements” or “levels of abstraction”.
Some possible work problems:
1. How do you communicate effectively while maintaining social distance?
2. How to encourage people to recycle in their office?
3. How to improve overall workplace participation?
4. How to maintain workplace morale while “working from home”?
1. There are a wide variety of creativity quizzes and tests online, have a look and see what you can find. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
a. Free online creativity test - TestMyCreativity (Week 1)
b. Test: What's your creative style? | Psychologies (Week 1)
2. A “Genius Hour” will be conducted in-class. The genius hour will facilitate the sharing of ideas
in-class. What will be your approach? Your creativity test results, your fears, passions, ideas etc. Some tools you can use include (but not limited to) Brainstorming, Mind Mapping,
Storyboarding or Visualisation (Week 3/4).
3. Every week try to create and add a “creativity pool” (Weeks 1 to 4). During these classes you will be given some tools to facilitate your creative thinking. You may also want to do some further individual research and use any tool you like such as Synectic Pinball Machine, Six
Thinking Hats or Checklists.
4. Write an individual reflective essay about your creative journey. Make sure you include all the theory, concepts, tools that you have used. Do not forget to integrate theoretical concepts and refer to at least 4 academic references to support your ideas.