Creativity Toolbox

Welcome to the Creativity Toolbox. In this toolbox you can find different creativity methods and techniques to help you in introducing creativity into your on-line teaching. To facilitate your search, you can apply several filters, such as rot which part of the engineering phases it is related; if it is a group or individual activity; the number of people, or the type of class or classroom activity, as well as the duration. Of course you are also free to not use the filers and just navigate through the different methods and techniques to learn more. ENJOY!

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6 Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats, a teaching model promoting critical and creative thinking, is used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge.

Ideation & Conceptual design

6-3-5 Method

The 6 (x) -3-5 is a group-work creativity method that is functional as a brain-writing activity.

Ideation & Conceptual design

ABC Method

The ABC Method is good for connecting the old and new information and is a great way to help a group to get to know each other while having fun.

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Catchwords

The catchword method is used to start the creative process by developing random terms.

Analysis & problem definition

Clarifying Challenge

The Clarify the Challenge method is used to reach and document a common understanding about the central topic or challenge.

Analysis & problem definition

Continue the Story

The “Continue the Story” method sparks the students’ creativity by making them complete a story.

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Dance Battle

The Dance Battle method is an ice breaker where teams compete with each other in imitating famous dance moves.

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Day in the life

A “Day in the life” is used to elicit the interaction points of a user and the solution in the context of their daily life. The method helps gain insight into the needs, behaviour and

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Delphi Technique

It is one of the most widely used techniques for prospective analysis by using expert assessment

Ideation & Conceptual design

Disruptive Images

The disruptive images method uses a series of unusual images to make students think out of the box and create a new sense or understanding of a topic or problem.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning can be defined as “learning by doing” as it blends learning with experience, and therefore covers a very broad knowledge development process.

Assessment & evaluation

Expert Panel

In the expert panel, experts selected specifically for the panel share useful information based on their experience and can evaluate an idea from an objective point of view.

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Fishbone Diagram

A fishbone diagram is a visual tool used to identify the root causes of a problem. The method is a more structured approach to other root cause identification tools such as 5 Whys. The problem

Analysis & problem definition

Five Ws and H

This is a simple but powerful tool for cutting quickly through the outward symptoms of a problem to reveal its underlying causes (WHY), so that you can deal with it once and for all. How

Analysis & problem definition

Flashing Lights

The flashing Lights Technique is used to reveal the current mood and ideas of the participants in a group.

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Flower

The flower method uses a structured brainstorming template to analyze problems, combine and detail initial ideas, and create scenarios or use cases.

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Help the old lady

The “Help the old lady” method makes students experience the difference between convergent and divergent thinking in ideation and need analysis.

Assessment & evaluation

Impact Analysis

Impact analysis technique assists in identifying the potential consequences of any change made to a system. It can be used in environments such as software development, change management, business pivoting, altering an existing revenue stream

Analysis & problem definition

Journey Map

Journey maps combine storytelling and visualisation, allowing the individual/teams to understand and address the customer’s needs. Storytelling and visualisation are essential aspects of a journey map as they are effective in conveying the information in

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KANO Analysis

The Kano Analysis model (pronounced “Kah-no”) is an analysis tool used to explore and measure the customer’s emotional responses to the product’s features. The tool allows for prioritising features and creating product roadmaps based on

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Lotus Blossom

The Lotus Blossom Technique is a structured brainstorming exercise used to expand on a central idea or problem.

Design & Prototyping

Magic Play Dough

The Magic Play Dough technique can be used for the detailed design and prototyping session in the engineering process.

Ideation & Conceptual design

Mind Mapping Techniques

The Mind Mapping Method takes its name from the activity itself: participants are expected to write down components that belong to an idea or a theme, structure them in a map, and use it as

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Morphological Box

This technique works as a more structured version of brainstorming, as participants create a “morphological box”.

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Motivational video

The Motivational video method is an icebreaker that uses publicly available videos to motivate the students to complete more complex tasks throughout the day.

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Music Quiz

The Music Quiz method is an icebreaker or a “mind-freer” where student teams will compete against each other in guessing the name or artist of a song.

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Oxford vs. Cambridge

The Oxford vs. Cambridge method is an icebreaker that makes student teams compete against each other.

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Personas

A Persona represents a fictional character that represents a type of customer or user. The fictional character or persona is created from the synthesis of research data on actual users/customers, generalising on a specific type

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Photo Story

The photo story method facilitates creating free associations related to a picture series under time pressure.

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Pictionary

Pictionary or Scribble is a group activity where teams compete against each other in guessing what one group member is drawing.

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Reframing Matrix

The Reframing Matrix technique helps to overcome cognitive biases in ideation and problem analysis by enabling the students to look at a problem from other than their usual perspective.

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Role play

Role play is an activity where the students can act or think as another person and put themselves into an imaginary situation where everything is possible.

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Scamper

SCAMPER is considered one of the easiest, most direct brainstorming methods. The simple technique is based on the idea that what’s new is actually based on something that already exists.

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Storyboard

Storyboarding is a technique that visually depicts a user’s interaction with your product.

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Storytelling

Storytelling is all about engaging an audience by applying narrative techniques, it involves bidirectional communication between a storyteller and the listeners aiming to reach them emotionally.

Assessment & evaluation

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis Technique enables participants/engineers to assess the internal and external factors effectively.

Multiple

Taking a Picture

The “Taking a Picture” method is about each student going outside to take one picture of their own choosing and show it to the rest of the group.

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The NAF Technique

NAF Technique is an idea selection method that aims to determine the Newest, Appealing and Feasible from a group of ideas.

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World / Knowledge Café

Also known as “World Café” or “Knowledge Café” is a structured conversational process to share knowledge between smaller groups of people that are discussing a topic.