Week 5: Synthesizing and Refining Creativity

Alicia Arnold


In Week 5, we will explore neuroscience and what it teaches us about creativity, multiculturalism and aging. Learn ways to change your brain patterns to increase creative ability. Together, we will debunk creativity myths, identify new findings about creativity and tap into ways to leverage multiculturalism to build a more creative perspective by rewiring and building new brain circuitry.


Reading, Viewing and Listening Materials

Creativity 101

Seven Ways to Cultivate Your Creativity

Can you Build a Better Brain?

Synthesizing and Refining Creativity

Brain Development in Young Children

Play Develops Executive Skills

Charlie Rose on the Creative Brain

Age Related Changes in Creativity

All is Not Lost

Brain Leaders and Learners

Modeling Human Expression and Creativity … based on AI

Creativity Late in Life


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Creativity is often a difficult concept to explain and even more, to understand.  Many of us think if we are not an artist we cannot be creative. You will be looking at creativity over the next few weeks from different perspectives and emerging with different perceptions.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself, and maybe record a a few of your quick responses for yourself somewhere, before we begin.  You might wish to look at the questions and your responses again when we get to Week 13 …

  • What is your definition of creativity?
  • Are you a creative individual?
  • Do you think creativity can be learned, or is it a trait we are born with?
  • Do you know how to use deliberate creative problem solving as a process?
  • Does creativity fit with connectivism, your personal learning environment and metaliteracy/transliteracy as a 21st century learning skill?

You may wish to use these questions as a springboard for a blog post and as an opportunity to harvest your ideas and reflect upon what it means to be creative.