This week I've taken some time to go through
1) 3 powerpoints from the class
2) the syllabus
3) "critical questions"
4) a description of the project
My mom has mentioned many times that teaching this class is particularly difficult because its "full of engineers." She says the most challenging part of that is engineers expect a "right" answer and she does not teach that there are "right answers" in the creativity class. I think this is an interesting concept, particularly related to UOCD and creativity classes.
If there isn't a right answer, how do you judge things?
Anyway, reflecting upon the syllabus:
The texts required in the class are:
Management and Creativity by Chris Bilton, 2007, ISBN-10: 1-4051-1996-9, ISBN 13: 978-1-4051-1996-2, Blackwell.
The Imagination Challenge by Alexander Manu, 2007, ISBN: 0-321-41365-2, New Riders Press.
Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Publisher: Random House (January 2, 2007), ISBN
which is interesting, as this class has already had us reflect upon Made to Stick. I originally found out about it through my mom's course.
These books, along with the description, make the class seem much more about creativity in management and business, rather than straight up creativity. I think it's much more feasible to teach creativity *in* something rather than alone, because it provides a much firmer context to provide examples within, rather than defining an abstract (nebulous?) concept. So I would title the course something more along the lines of "Practical Creativity (innovation?) for your everyday life." This ties into one of the projects being redefining the MBA program at Oakland based on what you've learned in the class, or creating a scenario related to some other school or work situation to use creativity.
One other thing of note in the syllabus was that readings were front-loaded and deliverables back-loaded. This implies that some background information is needed to be creative. I found this paralleled with UOCD readings before the phases. Perhaps creativity is generally taught in an uncreative way? This would be further echoed by the powerpoints that contain text based on books on creativity- valuable information, presented in a standard format to get it across to allow to spring to the next location.
Is this a topic we could use spiral learning with?