This course has concessions available

How to Get Ideas

Learn how to generate novel ideas, open your mind to new possibilities, stimulate your sense of curiosity and liberate your thinking.

Who is this course for

This workshop is for those who want to learn how to think in a creative way and be able to come up with more novel ideas. No previous knowledge or experience is required but you should have a good command of spoken English and be prepared to take part in a highly interactive and participatory workshop. This course aims to challenge the way you usually think and so relies on you to experiment with different ways to consider problems and opportunities. It aims to be fun, engaging and useful.

What does this course cover

You will learn some brainstorming techniques including reverse brainstorming which can be useful for generating new ideas. You will also learn about the principles of creative thinking and how to overcome limiting beliefs about your own creativity.

- You should be able to generate new ideas and appreciate the principles of creative thinking
- You should be able to cultivate your sense of curiosity
- You should understand some basic facts about the human brain and how we think
- You should know how to make use of unconscious thinking to gain insights into everyday problems
- You should appreciate how nature is a valuable source for ideas
- You should understand the creative process and how to make this an integral part of your life.

What will it be like

The workshop is experiential and students will be invited to participate in a range of practical exercises. Learning methods will include pair and small group work, class discussion and extracts from relevant documentaries that illustrate aspects of creative thinking.
At the start, some self-evaluation tools will be provided for students to appreciate their current levels of creative thinking.
On the course, informal assessment is used through activities and peer feedback. An important attribute of creative thinking is self-awareness and students will be encouraged to monitor their own progress.
At the end of the course, students will be invited to review their progress and their goals for the future.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will require only pen and paper. Handouts will be provided.

What this course could lead to

You will be given a reading list at the end of the course with the opportunity to study more about creative thinking and learn some additional techniques. The Mary Ward course on Developing Lateral Thinking is a good complement to this one.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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