Minor Innovation and Creativity

Coordinated by: Cindy De Smet, Associate Professor in Education Sciences, Université Côte d'Azur


Synchronous tutoring sessions






30 students



Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Type of activity
Exploration of the existing creativity literature (multidisciplinary). Take the discovery and delivery test and reflect on your own level of creativity Read 2 articles published in Springers’ TechTrends journal.
Position yourself on the discovery and delivery test. Individual exercise, linked to the guided self-reflection task
Start a self-reflection on how to enhance your creative abilities Guided self-reflection. Individual assignment. Output accepted in either a written or a video-format. A live recording of this task in the presence of a teacher is possible
Learn how visualization as a cognitive process, can help you generate better ideas Make a sketch. Individual assignment. Part of the collaborative creativity assignment.
Learn how collaboration can help you generate more qualitative ideas The purpose of this module is to improve your thinking process with the help of your peers. Individual written assignment. Part of the collaborative creativity assignment.
Introduction to the intersections between critical thinking, creativity and ethics Reading activity. No assignment.

The “Innovation and creativity” course aims to develop the creative competencies of the participants through a series of exercises and activities in which individual and collaborative approaches will be developed and analyzed, combining both a practical and research-based perspective.
Students embark on a journey of both self-introspection and collective effort with their peers. They are invited to leave their comfort-zone and to push their boundaries. The final outcome for every student is to understand the difference between innovation and creativity, and to learn how creativity can lead to actual innovation.
This course is a 100% online course based on learning paths.

The minor consists of 5 chapters:

  • Innovation and creativity, a walk through creativity literature.
  • Enhance your creative abilities.
  • The cognitive process of visualization for learning
  • Generate better ideas with the help of your peers
  • Critical thinking, creativity and ethics
  • Cindy De Smet, Associate Professor in Education Sciences, Université Côte d'Azur

Assessment of the course is based on two activities. The total out of 50 of these marks is converted to a final mark out of 20.

  • Guided self reflection task - Mark out of 20
  • Collaborative creativity task (two components) - Mark out of 30
Type of evaluation Submission deadline Time


% of the final grade
Part 1 of the Collaborative creativity task 12/03/2023 23h59 Dropbox, LMS UCA 20/50
Guided self-reflection task + Part 2 of the Collaborative creativity task 10/04/2023 23h59 Dropbox, LMS UCA 30/50

  • Csikszentmihályi, M. (1990). The domain of creativity. In M. A. Runco & R. S. Albert (Eds.), Sage focus editions, Vol. 115. Theories of creativity (p. 190–212). Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Gelb, M. J. (2009). How to think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven steps to genius every day. Random House Publishing Group.
  • Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., & Fisser, P. (2016). Infusing Creativity and Technology in 21st Century Education: A Systemic View for Change. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 19(3).
  • Lewis, C. (2016). Too Fast to Think: How to Reclaim Your Creativity in a Hyper-connected Work Culture. Kogan Page Publishers.
  • Novak, J. D. & Cañas, A. J. (2006). The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How To Construct and Use Them, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, 2008.
  • Novak, J. D. & A. J. Cañas, The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them, Technical Report IHMC CmapTools 2006-01 Rev 01-2008, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, 2008, available at: http://cmap.ihmc.us/Publications/ResearchPapers/TheoryUnderlyingConceptMaps.pdf
  • Smith, G. F. (1998). Idea‐generation techniques: A formulary of active ingredients. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 32(2), 107-134.
  • Sweller, J. (2009). Cognitive bases of human creativity. Educational Psychology Review, 21(1), 11-19.

SCHEDULE SPRING 2023 (updated Dec, 19)

Mind the evaluation time and modalities in the "Evaluation" tab below.

Date Time Course title Format/Location
16/02/2023 18h30-20h00 Tutoring session 1 Online
16/03/2023 18h30-20h00 Tutoring session 2 Online
06/04/2023 18h30-20h00 Live recording self-reflection task (optional) Online, on appointment