Strategies and tools for divergent thinking In a previous post, I discussed divergent thinking, an important part of innovation that’s not adequately supported in many workplaces. I also described how group dynamics can influence divergent thinking. In this post, I’ll take a look at some strategies and tools that can be used to promote divergent thinking. Some basic principles There are four general guidelines for supporting divergent thinking: Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as “tending to be different or develop in different directions.” Divergent thinking refers to the way the mind generates ideas beyond proscribed expectations and rote thinking—what is usually referred to thinking outside the box, and is often associated with creativity. Convergent thinking, on the other hand, requires one to restrict ideas to those that might be correct or the best solution to a problem. Studies suggest that, as children, our divergence capability is high, and decreases dramatically as we become adults. Perhaps this is as it should be to a certain degree, and as teachers and adults we would be concerned if our middle and high school students extended imaginative play into everyday life in the way a 4-year-old does.
The 10 best podcasts for designers Podcasts are quickly becoming a mainstay in design culture. They're a great way to find out what's going in the design world while you commute, work out at the gym, or take the dog for a walk. For those who've always wished they could turn on their radio and listen to people chatting about design, this post lists 12 informative, fun, and thought-provoking podcasts that every designer should be listening (and subscribing) to. If web design is your thing, here's a list of the 18 best web design podcasts. And we're sure to have missed some out, so tell us in the comments at the bottom. 01.
Divergent thinking A method of generating creative ideas Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. It typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing, "non-linear" manner, such that many ideas are generated in an emergent cognitive fashion. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn. Following divergent thinking, ideas and information are organized and structured using convergent thinking, which follows a particular set of logical steps to arrive at one solution, which in some cases is a "correct" solution. The psychologist J.P.
How to Kill Creativity If the mantra for the current business climate is Innovate or die, why do so many companies seem to be choosing the latter option? Creativity gets killed much more often than it gets supported. The problem is not that managers smother creativity intentionally—the business need for coordination and control can inadvertently undermine employees’ ability to put existing ideas together in new and useful ways. To foster an innovative workplace, you need to pay attention to employees’ expertise, creative-thinking skills, and motivation. Of these three, employees’ motivation—specifically, their intrinsic motivation, or passion for a certain kind of challenge—is the most potent lever a manager can use to boost creativity and his company’s future success.
ADDIE – Instructional Designer's Handbook The ADDIE model was created by Florida State University for the military in the 1970s. The name of the model is an acronym for the 5 stages of design: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation and was meant as a guideline to create effective training and instructional materials. The model was intended to lead the IDs or faculty to complete each phase before moving on to the next. Over the years the steps have been revised with the model becoming more dynamic and interactive than the original.
What is creativity? The ultimate guide to understanding today’s most important ability. - 99designs Creativity is one of those traits that people seem to have an intrinsic understanding of, but if you actually ask them to define it, they get tripped up. It’s easy to come up with a list of creative people (Frida Kahlo, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Einstein), and the outcomes of creativity (a novel, an invention, a new way of looking at the world), but it’s difficult to wrap your head around the actual concept of creativity. The more I researched this article, the more I realized creativity is an incredibly nuanced phenomenon. But you have to start somewhere, so let’s begin with a definition:
Why we need group work in Online Learning This post is 1st in a 3 part series on the topic of group work in online learning communities. Post 2 will be about strategies for effective group work, and post 3, successful evaluation and outcomes Group work. Students groan when they find out there’s a group assignment that’s part of the grading for a given class [ I’m no exception]. Students learning online don’t feel much different, and given the time and distance barriers, it presents even more challenges for these students.
Why Companies Need Creative Leaders In The Future Of Work In 2019, LinkedIn named it “the most important skill in the world.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) placed it third on a list of the “10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Surprisingly, it is not data science or artificial intelligence, but something much softer: creativity. In her book, The Creativity Leap, Natalie Nixon defines creativity as “the ability to toggle between wonder and rigor in order to solve problems and deliver novel value.” When put that way, it is easy to see why creativity will be one of the most vital factors for success in the future of work. Yet many leaders are failing to cultivate this essential quality — both within their own leadership and within their organizations.
Creativity is the skill of the future—and it's not just for creative teams - Ideas Too often, I hear someone say they’re just not creative—as if creativity were a rare quality granted solely to a small bucket of “creatives” among us. That’s too narrow a way of thinking about creativity. Creativity doesn’t just involve, as some people think, producing a work of art. The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics. These developments will transform the way we live, and the way we work. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that don’t even exist today will become commonplace. What is certain is that the future workforce will need to align its skillset to keep pace. A new Forum report, The Future of Jobs, looks at the employment, skills and workforce strategy for the future.
The 10+ Most Important Job Skills Every Company Will Be Looking For In 2020 As the world evolves to embrace the 4th industrial revolution, our workplaces are changing. Just as other industrial revolutions transformed the skillset and experience required from the workforce, we can expect the same from this revolution. Only five years from now, 35 percent of the skills seen as essential today will change according to the World Economic Forum. Is creativity the key to the job market of the future? With the creative industries named as a priority sector in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, it seems policymakers might be waking up to the importance of creativity for the future of the United Kingdom. Nesta is leading the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC ), funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. The Centre aims to prompt a step-change for industry, policymakers and the wider research community in the quality of evidence about the creative industries, tasking the best researchers across the UK with answering some of the most pressing questions about this £100bn sector. However, we also recognise that the creative industries don’t have a monopoly on creativity. Both at Nesta and in the PEC, we are mindful of the importance of creativity across the labour market.
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