Explorations in Creativity | Arts and Science ONLINE

Explorations in Creativity

ENIN 240/3.0

Students will examine four aspects of creativity – the creative person, process, product, and press – to increase the degree to which they recognize and nurture their own creative potential. Supported by interdisciplinary research and theory, students will assess the increasing importance of creativity skills in the 21st century. Through interactive lectures, experiential learning activities, written assignments and e-presentations, students will explore and execute on a range of foundational concepts in creativity studies. In the process learners will expand and enhance their creative capacities & confidence!

Please note: This course is typically offered in the winter term

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course students will have demonstrated their ability to:

  • Differentiate between the intellectual standards for creative thinking (originality, adaptability and flexibility, appropriateness, and contribution to the domain).
  • Articulate what is meant by creative thinking by identifying the 7 steps in the creative problem solving (CPS) process (clarification, research, formulation, ideation, evaluation, implementation planning, execution).
  • Locate and synthesize research and data to generate multiple solutions for various creative problem scenarios (and cases) through conducting original research and completing short writing assignments.
  • Communicate ideas by creating digital prototypes (vision board, flipbook, infographic) of creative solutions (products and services) using graphic design software.
  • Engage in critical reflection about creative work, by self-evaluating their own deliverables and assessing examples produced by others


The course will include a range of creativity exercises and methods for helping to generate new ideas through “left and right brain” thinking. By practicing divergent and convergent ideation methods, students will learn how to combine, critique, and improve on their ideas. The assignments are designed to teach students how to communicate about creative concepts online and face-to-face through digital platforms and information design tools, to procure deliverables including slide presentations, multimedia stories, and visual research compositions. 

There are no face-to-face meetings or exams, no group work, and no synchronous lectures in this course. Webinars are optional, and always recorded for on-demand viewing later. Office hour consultations are online, mobile-optimized, and available most days, including weekends, and several evenings each week.


Winter 2023
Course Dates: 
Jan. 9 - April 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 27, 2023



**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Dr. Chip McCrimon

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term equivalent) in study/reading and online activity for this course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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How does this affect my academics?
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Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.