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Facilitated idea generation for problem-solving in engineering higher education

On July 11th and 17th, I taught two workshops on creative problem solving to employees of the Centre for Engineering Education and Entrepreneurship at Ort Braude Engineers College in Karmiel, Israel. Each team chose an authentic problem they have had to deal with at the college, and we spent five hours using the SNAP Method to define and genrate effective creative solutions to these problems.

The problems we tackled related to student satisfaction from their courses and to lecturer participation at a professional development programme.

Participants pointed out the great value of focusing on a problem as a team using a structured process. At the end of the process, participants were pleasantly surprised to find they had come up with some surprising, yet practical solutions they would have never expected. Such is the power of creative thinking!