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Online Course

Creativity, Innovation, and Change

Pennsylvania State University via Coursera

  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Let’s keep making history together - over and over!

In 2013 and 2014, over 200,000 people from more than 190 countries came together in this MOOC to explore creativity, innovation, and change.

What did we DO?
We discovered creative uniqueness through Creative Diversity.
We used Intelligent Fast Failure to build innovative skills.
We applied CENTER principles to drive personal change.
And we implemented value creation skills to initiate lasting change.

That was CIC 1.0 and CIC 2.0, and it was a BLAST!

Now we’re back - and even better than before - with some new faces and fresh ideas to help you develop your creative potential, so you can enhance and transform your business, your community, and your personal life.
This is CIC On-demand … we’re ready to ROCK … AND we are always open!

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


Welcome to CIC!
-Welcome to Creativity, Innovation, and Change (CIC)! In this introductory module, we welcome you to the course and inspire you with videos that introduce you to Penn State and get your creative muscles warmed up! Dive in and get started!

CIC Mindset & Innovation Toolbox
-Creativity, innovation, and change require a unique mindset and collection of mental tools. In this module, we will introduce you to the CIC 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.

-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.

Value Creation
-How can you take your ideas and use them to create value? In this module, you will use the change equation (D x V x I = Change) to understand factors in big, impactful change. We will also show you the value of creating a memorable, lasting impression, symbol, or logo (a brand) for the change or product/service you create. Next, we’ll talk about social entrepreneurship and the importance of the context of change or new products and services. Finally, we’ll show you the 5 parts of the Action Map and how they work together, and you will use the Action Map to identify needs, pains, and ideas you may want to work on.

-Creativity and innovation involve many types of change, from small to large, incremental to radical, and slow to fast. In this last module of the course, you will become familiar with, and increase your awareness of, processes of change, so you can understand better the change path you are on. We’ll show you how to see the past, the present, and the future as a continuous whole, so you can recognize and create opportunities and take action to increase your creativity. This module will also help you deepen your learning from the previous modules and expand your understanding of change with your new CIC mindset and toolbox in mind.

Taught by

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


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Anonymous completed this course.
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...
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by Arthur completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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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Eva completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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