Want to significantly develop your creative skills? Academy for Creativity offers a playful, digital and gamified approach to creativity training. The story line includes an avatar-robot working in an office, and you will need to help this robot solving all the job-tasks that require creativity. The creativity training is free of charge, available anywhere – and at anytime. All you need is access to a computer and WI-FI. It contains 10 fun and serious research-based games. Anyone can improve creative skills with Academy for Creativity. The games practice key creative skills like flexibility, elaboration, fluency, originality, imagination as well as self-efficacy.
I co-developed Academy for Creativity in collaboration with a development team at Aalborg University lead by Kristian Brøndum as well as Patricia Nunez & Liisa Hanninen from Complutense University, Sandra Dingli & Shirley Pulis Xerxen from the Edward de Bono Institute, Chaoying Tang from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Erik Guzik from Vast Learning Systems.
These board and card games are highly engaging, fun and seriously advance your creative skills. Simply playing the games will make you more creative. The games are designed to use in class or with friends and family. They have the same characteristics as normal board and card games, however, they are designed to advance creative skills. I invented this toolkit in 2017 and it was published by the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship in 2018.
One game is designed on a race-to-win platform, where each idea produced count as a move forward with the game piece on the board.
A second game is designed on a “mix and match” platform, where sets of new ideas based on combinations of existing products give points.
The final game is designed on a draw-and-guess platform, where each drawing is sure to become highly original because the start of the drawing is made by the opposing team.
Creativity is often perceived as rather static: something that one either has or does not have. However, there are several examples on how to manipulate mental states to temporarily become more creative by using techniques for cognitive stimulation and by using processes for structuring the thoughts of individuals and interaction in teams. More interestingly, research suggests that it may be possible to learn the “rules of creativity” by simple training. As such, it is possible to advance the skills of creativity and thus become more creative human beings in all aspects of life including the engagement in entrepreneurial activities. The potential of taking this knowledge into the field of entrepreneurship education is interesting for the development of better entrepreneurs. I co-authored this paper with Chaoying Tang and Jizhong Zhou.
This chapter discusses the role of creativity training for entrepreneurship education and matters of concern in integrating creativity training in entrepreneurship education. Concepts of creativity and creativity training are reviewed next, followed by the examination of the relationship between creativity and entrepreneurship. The integration of creativity into entrepreneurship is then discussed, followed by conclusion and suggestions for potential implications for future research.
Need to introduce serious creativity training in your classes in a fun and engaging way. This free toolkit will significantly advance your students/pupils creative skills through gaming. It consists of one idea production game, one idea combination game and one creative drawing game. They are all designed based on historically important creativity research. I invented this toolkit in collaboration with colleagues from Complutense University in Madrid and it has been published in an open access version by CÁTEDRA .
As training is increasingly digitalised in general education it becomes relevant to evaluate this new medium for learning. This is particularly true in the field of embodied creativity training because of its strong focus on the embodiment of creative skills. This paper evaluates potential levels of competence development when using a digital embodied creativity training program and it discusses the related themes of motivation for and transfer of learning.
The paper finds that while digital embodied creativity training, through its gamification possibilities, might increase personal engagement and motivation inside and outside the classroom, the training should reflect relatable situations to real-life experiences to increase the transfer effect. The opportunity for skills acquisition from distance learning seems paramount, even though digital embodied creativity training may not support all educational aims right now, as some skills may be easier to acquire in face-to-face training settings. Further improvements in technology could change this in the near future. The paper stresses the need for further research on this emerging topic of digital embodied creativity training.