Creative Thinking

Posts about methods of engaging in creative thinking, especially for creation of training and eLearning content.

Learning the Art of Content Creation from the Master Creator

August 8, 2012

According to the Genesis I, God first created the heaven and the earth. The earth was created formless and there was darkness all around, so God said, “Let there be light,” and then there was light. Then God named the light, Day, and the dark, Night. Then God made the sky before he rested. Then the next morning, he...

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Context-specific Creativity

May 22, 2012
Context-specific Creativity

What is Context-specific Creativity? We are all creative, however, our creativity is contextual. It exists within a specific context and disappears outside it. Thus, The Definition of Context-specific Creativity Context-specific Creativity is the ability to arrive at a solution to a specific kind of issue or problem. – SRA Explanation and Illustration for Context-specific Creativity: Don’t go looking for...

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How to Design Effective Training Games?

May 14, 2012

Designing Training Games – The Challenges and the Rewards (Train-the-Trainer Series)   Every good trainer knows that a single good training game can  salvage the most boring of training programs. However, what irks a trainer most is that it’s next to impossible to find a game that can boast of a holistic relevance to the training program. The absolutely...

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Aleatoric Creativity and Instructional Design

March 29, 2012
Aleatoric Creativity and Instructional Design

According to the Webster’s dictionary that sits on my desk, Aleatoric means, “characterized by chance of indeterminate elements.” Aleatoric Creativity: Aleatoric creativity thus, must mean something that’s the complete antithesis of the kind of creativity required for instructional design, which has to adhere to the instructional framework in order to generate value. According to this Wikipedia entry on Aleatoricism,...

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Types of Creativity – The 4C Model by James Kauffman

February 29, 2012
Types of Creativity – The 4C Model by James Kauffman

  Types of Creativity – The 4C Model by James Kauffman Traditionally, creativity was thought to be of two types: 1.    Eminent Creativity (Creativity of those who achieved eminence in their chosen creative field.) 2.    Everyday Creativity (Creativity that everyone has – and which manifests itself in our daily acts.) In 2001, James C. Kauffman (of the Sylvia Plath...

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The Creative Process – The Seven Stages of the Universal Traveler Model

January 23, 2012
The Creative Process – The Seven Stages of the Universal Traveler Model

  The Universal Traveler Model of Problem Solving or Design My quest for creativity models turned up the Universal Traveler Model or the UT Model (The Universal Traveler: A Soft-Systems Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process of Reaching Goals by Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall) and I found its presentation rather interesting. The creators of the model presented...

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The Wallas Stage Model of Creativity

January 3, 2012
The Wallas Stage Model of Creativity

  The Wallas Stage Model of Creativity divides the process of creative thinking into 5 stages. These stages are Preparation, Incubation, Intimation, Illumination, and Verification. Let us see how Cheryl’s thought process can be broken up into these five stages. Cheryl works as a content developer in a Delhi-based eLearning organization. Her work requires her to conceptualize and visualize...

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4 Mental Exercises to Strengthen your Creativity

September 30, 2011
4 Mental Exercises to Strengthen your Creativity

Engage your Creativity through these 4 Methods   Creativity is a trait that most of us possess in abundance yet we go through our lives without realizing its full potential. Here are four tips that could help you reach the creative potential within you. 1. Never let yourself forget that you are creative Perhaps the most important of all...

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Creativity Techniques – Brainwriting – Rapid Idea Generation

July 26, 2011
Creativity Techniques – Brainwriting – Rapid Idea Generation

Individual brainstorming sometimes loses out on the “chain-reaction” that group brainstorming thrives upon. Brainwriting is a technique that has the benefits of both. Let us start with a brief introduction to the structure and process of Brainwriting. Remember that brainwriting quite like brainstorming focuses upon generating quantity and not quality. Here’s what you’d be doing to organize a successful...

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Creativity Techniques – Brainstorming – Group vs. Individual!

June 18, 2011
Creativity Techniques – Brainstorming – Group vs. Individual!

What is Brainstorming? It is one of the techniques that organizations use to generate fresh or “creative” ideas. A brainstorming session generally consists of the following activities on part of the organizers: Manage to get people together in a room, if possible, of their free will. Prepare problem statement and the required props. Record the minutes of the meeting...

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