I’ve accepted an offer to participate in a pilot program called Putting Ideas Into Action. It is offered by the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State University. Needless to say – I’m thrilled!
Putting Ideas Into Action is a new, introductory level training in Creative Problem Solving delivered entirely over the internet. Starting on June 15th, I need to watch a 10 minute training video online through their interactive portal, then complete the activities in my workbook. I do this every day Monday through Friday for 3 weeks.
It’s non-credited, but I’ll receive a certificate after the course is complete. Since it’s new, I’ll get to evaluate the course. I’ll fill out an evaluation before and after to suggest changes and possibly have quotes featured in the marketing of the program.
Hopefully this will give me a creative shot-in-the-arm since I can’t make it to CPSI this year. The course sounds really interactive and hands-on, and I’m really interested to see how they’re going to teach the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) model using the internet and video as a medium. The program is entry-level, so it’s meant for people who don’t have experience with the CPS process. I’ve studied the Osborn-Parnes model, the FIT and Tim Hurson’s Productive Thinking Model, so I’ve been around a decent amount of CPS. However, I’m always looking to learn more about CPS and I am curious to see how effective the 10 minute segments are in teaching the CPS process.
I just signed up for the website, and new members are joining every day. There’s participants from California, Ireland, Canada and Spain. Everyone, including me, seems really excited about the course and what they’re going to be learning. It looks like it’s shaping up to be worth-while experience.
Check back for updates on my progress through the course. I’m hoping to put some of my work from the workbook and my thoughts on evaluating the program on here over the course of the 3 weeks.