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40,000 Students Sign Up for New Creativity MOOC

The educational platform Coursera partners with universities and organizations worldwide to offer free MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) for anyone to take online. Starting today, Associate Dean of Research and Development Brad Hokanson will host a 7-week MOOC on Coursera called Creative Problem Solving.  READ: Drive a Different Way and Count Past Ten More than 40,000 people from around the world have signed up to participate in Hokanson’s class. Assignments will include creativity building exercises, short lectures, and readings to help students develop an understanding of creativity and increase their own ability. MORE: Sign up for Creative Problem SolvingFOLLOW: @bhokanson on Twitter In addition to offering the MOOC this spring, Hokanson will offer a variant course called SMOOCH (Semi-Massive Open…

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Brad Hokanson Receives Grant to Study Creativity in Children

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) received funding from the Metropolitan Consortium and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to study creativity as a major component of workforce readiness. Hokanson's research and teaching focuses on the development of creativity skills and their application in problem solving. "Creativity is three times more indicative of future achievement than is intelligence," said Hokanson. "Central to the research is the long term understanding of creativity in the metropolitan area." He cites studies that find creativity has declined among school children since 1991. The grant, "Creativity and achievement: Running backwards," will include testing the creativity of children in a metropolitan school district and correlating the findings with their Minnesota achievement…

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