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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Creativity Toolkit II: Creative Collaboration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


Creativity requires us to collaborate with others, and this course helps you be a better creative collaborator. We need to be able to pitch our creative ideas so that others are excited rather than baffled or dismissive by them. We need to be able to evaluate the ideas of others so we identify rather than miss creative solutions. We need to be able to work with our teams such that creativity thrives rather than is suppressed. This course addresses each of these needs, identifying challenges and providing guidance for effective performance. The end result is guidance on how to foster effective creative collaboration.

You will be able to:

-Design pitches for innovative ideas to build excitement and clarity
-Evaluate the pitches of others to identify great new ideas
-Lead groups to foster effective collaboration for innovation

This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM. Learn more about admission into these programs and explore how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into a degree program at


  • Course Orientation
    • You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.
  • Module 1: Pitching Ideas
    • In this module we will examine the role of social influence tactics for encouraging others to respond positively to our requests. There are many ways to encourage people to want to comply. Next, we examine the role of forming communications that are likely to be understood and found appealing by others.
  • Module 2: Evaluating Ideas
    • Evaluating ideas is an important part of the larger creative process. This module will examine biases that enter into the process and ways to mitigate them.
  • Module 3: The Allure of Team Creativity
    • In this module, you will learn that teams have the potential to stimulate creativity, but they often fall short for a variety of reasons.
  • Module 4: Breaking the Barriers to Team Creativity

Taught by

Jeffrey Loewenstein and Jack Goncalo


4.7 rating at Coursera based on 349 ratings

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