About this course
The MOOC ‘Idea Generation Methods’ aims to explain techniques for the goal and process oriented generation of ideas. Idea generation is part of the fuzzy front end of the innovation process. Participants have the possibility to work on specific innovation topics in the area of sustainable energy. Dr. Daniel J. Koch will impart a broadly diversified knowledge of the methods used in idea generation and he will show you how you can use them by your own.
The MOOC is offered by KIC InnoEnergy, the European company for innovation, business creation and education in sustainable energy and was produced by the Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (ZML) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The course language is English, and the workload is about 4h/week.
The aim of the course is to enable participants to apply methods of idea generation on their own project.
Who is this course for?
Everyone who is curios in Idea Generation Methods and who is having an interesting topic which could be further developed.
What will I learn?
Participants will be able to understand and apply certain methods of idea generation on any self-chosen topic. For example, participants will understand and will be able to apply methods like Mindmapping & Clustering, 6-3-5, World Cafe & DeBono Hats, Concept Mapping, Scenario Techniques ( e.g. STEEP), Roadmapping and many more in a structured process.
What do I need to know?
No prior knowledge is necessary. You just need to be curious about Idea Generation Methods and have an interesting topic you would like to develop further.
The course consists of 7 chapters:
Chapter 1 - Introduction:
The sketch in your head! Strategic Innovation Management, Idea Generation Process, Innovation Process and fuzzy front end
Chapter 2 - Design Factors:
What's in your picture? Design Aspects, Methods, Sources
Chapter 3 - Defining your Search Space:
Landscape or portrait? Context Definition, Agenda Setting, Problem Representation
Chapter 4 - Scenario:
What's my perspective? Definition of Scenario Topic, STEEP / PESTEL Analysis, Influence Factors and Descriptors
Chapter 5 - Future Assumptions:
Using watercolour or oil? Present Situation and Future Assumptions, Bundling Projection, Interpretation of Scenario, Wild Cards, SWOT, Proposals for Action
Chapter 6 - Scenario-based Roadmapping:
What to draw when? Definition of a Roadmapping Topic, Needs Analysis, Analysis of Potentials
Chapter 7 - Establishing your roadmap:
Sketching your picture! Establishing a Roadmap, Consistency Analysis and Evaluation