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Measuring Creativity

Creativity.  An immensely valuable and important skill.  Yet strangely intangible and wildly unpredictable.  A rather uncreative person can have a brainwave and create something truly spectacular.  A very creative person can go for days,  weeks even,  only producing mediocrity.

I am fascinated by creativity and how we may teach people to be more so.  It is fun,  rewarding and goes on to have a definite positive impact on the world.  So two questions arise:

  • How may we better teach and foster and unleash creativity?
  • Is it possible to measure creativity?

The first question I am answering through practice.  My teaching is centered around this idea,  my website strives to encourage and promote creativity.  I bring it into the spotlight where-ever possible.  This is an evolving process,  a creative process.  Creativity is novel in that to teach creativity more effectively we need to be creative.

The second intrigues me immensely.  While I would be perfectly happy to be able to develop creative ability well and not have any means to measure it,  having the ability to measure it would be beneficial.

The search for a means to measure creativity,  if nothing else,  would lead to a better understanding of what creativity is.  People have been in search of this for a while already.  The Torrance test in one such attempt.  Like other tests,  it can determine if you are particularly creative or not very creative but that is about it.

Here are some questions I’m tossing around at the moment.  Over time they will develop and with any luck will lead to some tangible outcomes.

  • Is it in fact possible to put a quantitative value on something that is qualitative?
  • Would it do more harm than good to achieve this?
  • Would it be more appropriate to categorise creative ability instead?
  • How do you accurately measure something where someones performance can vary wildly day to day?
  • If you take creativity to be creation that has value then how do you assign value?
  • Can we create a test that cannot be gamed (eg.  doing many IQ test has been shown to improve your marks in said tests without necessarily improving your IQ)?
  • What motivates someone to be creative?
  • If creativity is a frame of mind,  can we improve the ability of people to attain that frame of mind?
  • Instead of a 1 dimensional scale would a multi-dimensional scale be more appropriate and what should the dimensions be?
  • Can creative ability be harnessed as a motivator?

If you have any thoughts it would be great if you left us a comment.

5 Simple Games to Develop Creativity and Problem Solving Ability

The following word games are a fun and simple way to develop creativity and problem solving ability.

Strong problem solving ability is important for many professions.  It is a skill however that is somewhat lacking in today’s education systems.  It is easy to incorporate into your classes and the plan below is an effective way to do just that.

Plan of Attack

A solid foundation in problem solving is created through a set of strategies that should become second nature to students.  We can develop this through simple games to promote creativity.  Begin each of your classes with a simple word game and use it to illustrate an important strategy.
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Random Words, The Magical Booster for Creativity

You are a creative person.  Did you know that?  But how creative are you?  I’m willing to bet you are actually a whopping dollop more creative than you realise.  Try the proven technique below for yourself,  on your team,  for your class and see how high your talent can soar.

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Moodle Activity – Audience Response

Audience response systems are becoming popular in education.  It is both fun and interesting to get real time feedback from the class about a question.  Today we are going to take a look at a way you can create a simple audience response system in Moodle.

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Moodle Activity – Septines with Q and A forum

Septines are a useful tool created by Edward de Bono which you can use to inspire thought about a topic in your classes.  You can very easily incorporate this activity into Moodle.  To understand what Septines are read here.  To find out how you can incorporate them into Moodle read on.

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Problem Solver or Solution Creator?

Are you a problem solver or a solution creator? Maybe you think you’re neither?  Maybe you think you’re a problem creator?  The answer is,  you are definitely one of the first two.  I believe it is impossible in todays world to be neither.  No matter what you do you inevitably have the choice to change outcomes and to do things better.  The last one you are not either.  Every action has a motivation so you are trying to achieve something by it.  I don’t believe anyone creates problems purely for the sake of creating problems. So,  let’s find out whether you are a problem solver or a solution creator and what the differences are.

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Moodle Idea – A more appealing Front Page

For many people,  the front page of their Moodle installation consists either of a list of courses, categories or a news section with a few other things down the side such as upcoming events.  It occurs to me that this is not the most effective use of this area of Moodle.  I am going to throw some ideas around for making better use of it.

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