Course Highlight: Creativity & Innovation: Gaining the Edge

Creativity & Innovation is available in Florida and combines theory and experiential assignments to introduce students to the main concepts of creativity and innovation. It will explore their crucial importance to individuals, organizations, and the entrepreneurial process. Students will learn various tools to promote creativity within themselves and others, processes to increase innovation, how to contribute to a creative team, how to manage creativity, and how to establish a culture of creativity within an organization. As a result, students should have greater understanding of and appreciation for the creative/innovative processes and be better able to harness and direct those forces for themselves and others. This course prepares students to contribute in a unique and productive way to today’s entrepreneurial and organizational demands

How would the Instructor describe this course?

“This is an academic course that takes an interactive and discovery approach to Creativity and Innovation from the personal, team, and corporate perspectives.  Students gain insight through the practical use of Idea journals, activities and Observations labs.”

Creativity & Innovation Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between the creative person, process, product and environment.
  • Explain the key aspects of the innovative process.
  • Define the aspects of the “intersection” and its importance in innovation.
  • Validate why creativity and innovation are important for entrepreneurial and corporate growth.
  • Assess creative development and prescribe a plan of action to enhance the ability to think more creatively and foster innovation.
  • Apply four primary tools for encouraging individual and group creativity.
  • List major barriers to managing creativity and innovation.
  • List primary management techniques to facilitate creativity and innovation.
  • Specify ways an organization can encourage and discourage a culture of creativity and innovation.
  • Explain the primary dimensions of the 7 Levels of Change.

What the Students Say about Creativity & Innovation:

  •  “My favorite part of the course is the variety of activities and how we can interact and put our ideas out there.”
  • “I love the fun environment of the classroom.”
  • “I would definitely recommend this course.”

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