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Ideation Courses

Take free online ideation courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn ideation and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

What is Ideation?

Ideation is a creative process that seeks to generate new ideas (or new products) by encouraging participants in brainstorming sessions to contribute freely and openly, often in a collaborative environment. It pulls together new perspectives, challenges assumptions and helps participants think beyond the obvious. The ideation process seeks to quickly generate a large number of new and innovative ideas that can later be assessed for their value and viability and is often applied when looking for new ways to achieve a goal or find a solution to a challenging problem. It is commonly used in the product design process, in marketing, in sales or anywhere that people wish to spark product innovation or generate new and creative ideas.

Online Ideation Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to ideation techniques and the goals of the idea development process from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about critical thinking, design thinking, user experience, product features, new idea generation techniques and much more in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in ideation courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course.

Learn about key techniques for idea generation and solution design including brainstorming, process of ideation, best solutions, paranoid ideation, mind mapping, role playing, storyboarding, concept sketching, modeling and idea mapping in a free 6-week course from the Rochester Institute of Technology. The course focuses on transforming potential solutions into well-communicated solutions through effective visualization techniques.

Also, check out different courses on critical thinking and problem solving that challenge you to analyze situations and design solutions. These courses are a great brain food and will help you think about problems at work, at home or anywhere with a new perspective. Get started today. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning right away.