Managing Creativity

This course is part of the UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication.

The objective of this course is to support teams of individuals to nurture, manage and direct their creative impulses that emerge from collaborating in order to create work for others.

Students work and play together, and in the process:

  • develop collaborative habits to improve communication, listening and adaptability
  • assimilate tools to strategically manage their work within a team-based context
  • stretch beyond their own creative boundaries using a variety of improvised activities
  • integrate tools, projects and approaches they learn from other courses toward their own creative processes
  • deepen self-awareness of their own creative process and those of others
  • learn to always think of who they are creating for by applying tools from user experience design traditions.

Weekly Activities

Week 1: Tools to Jumpstart Collaboration with Others
Week 2: Collaborating Visually
Week 3: Understanding Creativity in Collaborative Design
Week 4:  Practice Listening and Responding
Week 5: Unpacking the Design Brief: Thinking About the User Experience
Week 6: Improving Team Culture at a Distance
Week 7: The Art and Craft of Iterative Prototyping
Week 8: Identifying Problems and Proposing Solutions for Users
Week 9:
Task Distribution, Prioritization and Scoping
Week 10: Gaps, Pivots and Bad Ideas
Week 11: Tools to Improve Team Presentations
Week 12: The Importance of Retrospectives in Agile

This course is available only to students in the UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication program.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with real-time classes. Students attend two live, virtual classes a week, and an optional tutorial. All times are in the Pacific (Vancouver) Time Zone.

Mondays 4–6pm - Lecture
Wednesdays 4–6pm - Lecture
Fridays 4–6pm - Optional Tutorial/Workshop

Online modules, released weekly, include recorded lectures, readings, videos, exercises and assignments to supplement virtual classes, for a total of 60 hours of online learning. Each module must be completed in full before progressing to the next module.

Students can expect to spend 5–8 hours or more per week attending online classes, completing the modules and assignments, reflecting on their learning, visual journalling and reflection, and posting in online group discussions.

Available Sessions

Course currently not available for registration.