U of M Creative class takes learning to new level

Uploaded by UniversityofMinn on 19.12.2008

A lot goes into a top-notch education.
"It's fun to be able to do something really crazy like wear an adult diaper
or race down a hill in a go-kart made out of a 200-pound pumpkin and say that it's for class."
"We had to carve pumpkins in crazy ways and my family thinks I'm mentally insane now,
as a result of this class, but it's really fun."
Yes, at the University of Minnesota, there's more to offer than molecular engineering.
But that doesn't mean the more non-traditional courses are any less worthwhile.
"The real idea of the class and of this exercise is to develop their creativity."
Brad Hokanson's "Creative Problem Solving" course helps College of Design,
Housing and Apparel students at the U of M find new ways
to solve problems, and creativity is the focus.
The final assignment in "Creative Problem Solving" was to form a group
and fill the four-story atrium of McNeal Hall, using just about anything you could imagine:
sights, sounds, objects, even smells and tastes.
"They're all coming out different too.
We've seen string, we've seen fish and we've seen Christmas cookies, I guess."
"Nothing against the standard text book, but, let's face it,
there's only so much creativity that can come from these pages.
That's why Hokanson wanted a whole new way of teaching his students.
And according to the results, it's working pretty well.
Hokanson says recent testing of U of M students showed a 35-percent increase in creativity
after just one semester of a creativity-based course.
In a world that constantly relies on new ideas and innovations,
a course like "Creative Problem Solving" is just as important as science and English.
"I was thinking about design and this class really showed
that I needed to flex my creative muscles."
"I now never look at my toothbrush the same way, I don't walk the same way."
And if the students never think the same way either,
then Hokanson will consider it a job well-done.
"This is the class they're going to remember all the way through college
and hopefully beyond, and do something with it."
For the University of Minnesota, I'm Justin Ware.