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Pennsylvania State University

Creativity, Innovation and Transformation

Pennsylvania State University via Coursera


Our lives are being disrupted by pandemics, global warming, wars, political chaos, and technological innovations.

We must prepare for an unpredictable and unknown future - and this is the goal of the course on Creativity, Innovation and Transformation (CIT)! CIT is an upgrade of the former Creativity, Innovation and Change (CIC) course, which is now streamlined and updated with a new module on Transformation.

The course consists of four main Modules:

Innovation Toolbox
Creative Diversity

The course offers unique ways to:

Discover our unique creative and innovative nature
Grow our sense of responsibility to ourselves and our community
Transform our inner world into higher moral and ethical states
Appreciate unexpected beauty and deeper meaning in our lives.

Through a blend of rich and fresh perspectives on topics of creativity, innovation, and transformation, the course contributes to making us aware of our unique creative selves and how we can unfold our individuality in a world of disruptions and differences in great need of everyone’s creative, innovative and transformative potential!

Welcome to CIT MOOC!

Recommended Readings
Innovate or Die - Jack Matson:
CENTER - Darrell Velegol:


  • Innovation Toolbox
    • Welcome to Creativity, Innovation, and Transformation (CIT). CIT requires a unique mindset. In this module, we will introduce you to the CIT mindset and to Intelligent Fast Failure (IFF) as a powerful tool for innovating. First, you will learn how to alter the way your brain works to produce ideas in the process called Mind Warping. Next, you will act to change your life and the world around you by fully using your own uniqueness. Finally, you will do what is considered impossible starting with little or no knowledge and few resources. Easy, right? Try it and see!
  • Understanding Creative Diversity
    • Welcome to the world of creative diversity! In this module, you will discover that creativity comes in many different shapes and sizes, each of which is equally important in solving the world’s problems. Specifically, you will learn about four key variables that define and describe creative diversity, including your creative style and your creative level. You will also learn how creative diversity impacts the ideas you generate and how you make use of them, as well as how to recognize and appreciate the creative diversity of others around you.
  • CENTER Model
    • In this module, you will learn about the 6 practices of the CENTER model, which stands for Character, Excellence, owNership, Tenacity, Entrepreneurship, and Relationship. Each practice will move you closer to realizing the ideas you are generating and developing using the tools you’ve learned so far! To top things off, you will design your Life Ring with a partner and take your first action steps toward projects and ideas you are passionate about.
  • Transformation
    • How do you get from routine living to a transformation path? In this module, you will be introduced to the German concept of Bildung from multiple perspectives as a pathway for personal and societal transformation. You will get familiar with Bildung as a rich concept of the Enlightenment era with practical applications in dealing with present-day personal, local, and global challenges. Rich educational, philosophical, and psychological positions on Bildung are presented to offer Bildung as a unique mode of getting to know ourselves and the world around us with the goal to make the world better through our actions and our legacy.

Taught by

Jack V. Matson, Darrell Velegol and Kathryn W. Jablokow


3.8 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

4.5 rating at Coursera based on 657 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I expected it to be more advanced and business-like.

    All activities are very much open-ended and I've got an impression that the main goal is just to do something,

    even if it's building an ugly, but tallest in the world, paper tower or knocking on the president's door...

    Not sure what target audience the creators of the course had in mind, but it's definitely not a business/marketing course.

    Maybe at some extend it's the course on self-improvement...
  • Janvi Parmar
    "I've never completed a course like this before and I cannot express how great the instructor was and the overall content of the material. I would definitely recommend this to my co-workers as well as friends. I will be looking into taking more of these classes through CLASS CENTRAL in the near future. Thank you!"

  • Arthur
    This course brought a lot of joy for me! The videos didn't seem to have strong connection, but It doesn't bother me.This course covered some important topics such as 'the dilemma of restriction' which made me stunned.In short, the course isn't systematic, but the knowledge are all unique!
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