This course is targeted at students interested in applying innovation methods and creativity techniques. It focuses on how different methods and tools can be applied in order to
- thoroughly understand an identified problem
- generate ideas for solving this problem and
- selecting the best solution and developing it.
Specifically, this course focuses on goal-oriented, yet open and unbiased approaches that help in involving different actors (individuals/organizations) who are concerned either directly or indirectly by a particular problem (e.g., customers, users, experts, stakeholder). As a result, more holistic solutions can be obtained.
Overall, this course aims at providing students with a toolkit of innovation methods and creativity techniques and with knowledge about how to apply them.
After completing this course, students will
- have gained an overview of tools and methods for steering innovation
- be able to select the tools and methods for problem analysis, idea generation and idea selection that are most appropriate in a given context
- possess a better understanding about how to implement and apply these methods and tools
- have improved their social skills in teamwork and moderation
Attendance is mandatory. In order to successfully pass this course, your absence is limited to 20%.
The course will combine various learning methods to deliver the different topics to the students. These will include theory input, open class discussions, interactive team work, students' presentations, and hands-on exercises.
25 % individual in-class exercises (individual assessment)
25 % group in-class exercises (group assessment)
50% participation in class (individual assessment)