Many people view creativity as a talent people are born with. It’s not. Creativity is a skill, and like most skills, creativity is a skill that improves with practice.
For designers and developers of learning and performance support programs, creativity is often the difference between developing another template-driven, by-the-numbers course, and building an engaging experience that learners actually want to participate in.
Developing your creativity takes work. If you’re like most learning professionals, you probably have a few tricks up your sleeve to tap into and feed your creative side. Maybe you have a strong community that sparks new ideas. Maybe you come up with new solutions to existing problems. Maybe you have a process that you follow to make creative reflection habitual. We all have tips on how we spark our creative energy.
An upcoming eLearning Guild eBook, Sparking Instructional Design Creativity, looks to collect these personal tips for everyone in our community to learn from.
And we want you to be a part of it.
Between now and June 17 we’ll be collecting tips from members of the eLearning Guild Community, with many being featured in the eBook. We’re collecting the tips via a simple survey form that is embedded at the end of this post, or you can access the form directly here.
The tips we are looking for fall into a number of categories:
- Capturing Design Inspiration: Inspiration can hit us at any time, in any place. How do you capture an idea so that you can use it later on?
- Creating an Environment of Inspiration: How do you structure your working environment – be it physical, virtual, social, etc. – in a way that fosters creativity?
- Challenging Yourself to Think Differently: How do you remind yourself to think beyond what you do to consider what you could be doing?
- Broadening Your Views and Knowledge: Where do you look outside of L&D for inspiration that you can use within L&D?
- Pushing Boundaries: Limits on budget, time, and other constraints are often seen as limits on creativity. How do you use constraints as a way to inspire your creativity?
- Solving Problems Creatively: New problems often require new solutions. Are there approaches you use in solving problems that spark your creativity?
- Finding Sources for Inspiration: Sometimes we need a creativity boost. Are there certain places and/or resources you count on when you’re actively seeking creative inspiration?
- Making Creativity a Habit: Developing your creativity skills takes work. How do you make focusing on your creativity a priority?
- Getting Unstuck: We have all found ourselves in a creative rut. When you find yourself in that place, what do you do to bring yourself out of it?
Submitting a tip takes just a few minutes and can be done using the form below. Please feel free to submit as many tips as you would like – just submit them individually.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.