IA20160 Creative Thinking & Innovation (Online)

Academic Year 2021/2022

OVERVIEW

'Creative Thinking & Innovation' at the Innovation Academy will increase your creative thinking skills, problem solving skills, team-working skills, design thinking and lateral thinking abilities through hands on exercises, tasks and challenges.

Over the course of the module, you will actively engage in developing creative solutions to problems and learn methods to critically evaluate these solutions. You will practice the art of storytelling through pitching ideas, making videos and creating and delivering presentations.

As part of this module, you will work in a multidisciplinary team on a real-world problem set by an external organisation. This opportunity to experience real-world learning in innovative online working environments is invaluable for students.

This module is suitable for students from any discipline, and for those with little or no prior experience of creativity or innovation processes, as well as those who know the basics but want to develop further.


SCHEDULE & MODE OF DELIVERY

This module runs twice over 2021/22

January 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th ("Live Online" via Zoom)
09:30 to 13:30 live online each day, 2.30-4.30pm independent and teamwork in the afternoons.

OR

March 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, & Sat 19th [i.e. not 17th St Patrick's Day] ("Live Online" via Zoom)
09:30 to 13:30 live online each day, 2.30-4.30pm independent and teamwork in the afternoons.


"Live online" is a highly interactive and dynamic approach to online learning consisting of class discussions, breakout rooms, mini-breaks and team activities and projects throughout the week.

You must be available to attend and participate 9.30am-4.30pm every day of the module and complete any small pre work tasks and module deliverables.


UCD INNOVATION ACADEMY

At the UCD Innovation Academy, we are Educator Practitioners with extensive real-world experience as academics, business and social entrepreneurs, tech thinkers, creative professionals and design thinking practitioners.

Our teaching is grounded in academic rigour. Our focus is on ‘learning by doing’ in a real-world context. Classes include a combination of individual and team tasks and activities, along with discussions, presentations and reflection.

Enrolment on an Innovation Academy module means a commitment to active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at all scheduled classes.

“The teaching team generated a spirit of camaraderie among students of diverse academic disciplines and backgrounds. The exercises and tasks have been brilliantly adapted to work in the virtual world, and I found them challenging and engaging.” 2020 Student


Note:
Class Size : We limit our class size to 36 students or less. We require a minimum of 16 participants to ensure enough people for teamwork and a dynamic classroom environment. On very rare occasions, if fewer than 16 registered students register, we will offer students the opportunity to join another class.


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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion students should be able to:

• Understand the relevance and importance of creative thinking and how it can be applied in a variety of disciplines to generate solutions
• Use problem-solving tools and techniques and understand the process for initiating and using creative techniques within project structures
• Combine a variety of different techniques to approach problems that will ensure they have fully investigated the root issues associated with the problem
• Understand the dynamics of teamwork, the different roles required in teams and effective teamworking skills
• Develop their visual and verbal communication skills
• Practice giving and receiving feedback
• Practice personal reflection as a tool for continuous self improvement

Indicative Module Content:

• Creative Thinking: Exploring creativity through tasks, techniques and discussion
• Innovation Sprint: Solving real-world problems set by host organisations
• Idea Generation Techniques & Ideation Tools
• Design Thinking
• De Bono Thinking Methods
• Narrative Structure for Pitching and Presenting
• Teamwork Frameworks: Theory and Practice
• Tools for Reflective Practice

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

4

Small Group

10

Practical

6

Specified Learning Activities

60

Autonomous Student Learning

40

Total

120

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
All Innovation Academy modules take a 'learning by doing' approach, combining individual, and group activities and tasks including presentations, discussion and reflection. Guest speakers will share their own experiences and lessons learnt.

• Active/task-based learning
• Real-world challenges set by host organisations
• Peer and Group work
• Reflective Learning
• Enquiry & Problem-based learning
• Student Presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
IA20010 - Creativity & Innovation


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: This module requires active participation and engagement, which necessitates attendance at ALL scheduled classes. (80% attendance is required to pass this component.) Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

40

Group Project: Team Project Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20

Assignment: Reflection Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20

Continuous Assessment: Online and offline tasks and activities Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes

20


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Facilitators will give verbal feedback on classroom based continuous assessment activities such as group presentations, presentation materials and other deliverables.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 17 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 18 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 17 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 18 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 17 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 17 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 18 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 17 Thurs 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 18 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 17 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Autumn
     
Spring
     
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 1 Week(s) - 27 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 2 Week(s) - 27 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 27 Fri 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 27 Mon 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 27 Sat 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 27 Tues 09:00 - 16:50
Workshop Offering 3 Week(s) - 27 Wed 09:00 - 16:50
Spring