We are now up to number 7 of the 10 essential qualities of an eLearning coach. For number seven I have chosen that the coach must have unlimited creativity and be very resourceful. They must utilize the resources available to them and make them available and accessible to all of those they work with. What if you are not the most creative person? Like most things that require practice to be good, you may need to work at it. Below are some tips to boost your creativity.
- To start off, I believe it would be good to begin setting a few goals for yourself. Commit yourself to developing and working on your creative side. Put time aside each day to develop your skills.
- Become an expert in some of the content that you are responsible for teaching. Maybe it is Google Apps, Creating a teacher website via Weebly.com, or a few great teacher friendly web tools. By having a strong understanding of each topic, you will be more equipped to find innovative solutions to problems. Don't worry if you don't know all of the answers. Make it a point to ask someone who does and get back to the person/people with the question.
- Be curious about new ideas, tech devices, and tools. Find opportunities and make time to explore. Feel free to be a risk taker in order to advance your abilities. Your efforts probably won't lead to success every time, but you will still be increasing your creative talents and building skills that will help you in the future.
- Don't be a perfectionist, some of the best artists leave mistakes behind on purpose. Avoid being negative and critical of yourself. This type of thinking can block creativity. Be positive and according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, positive moods can increase your ability to think creatively. Also, don't let others be critical of you. Take others opinions with a grain of salt. Don't let anyone's opinion keep you from doing what you are doing. Not everyone is going to agree with you. That is just the nature of the beast.
- Don't worry about making mistakes! Mistakes are just part of the process. You may occasionally stumble along the path to creativity, but you will eventually reach your goals.
- Join a colleague for a brainstorm session. They always say that two heads are better than one. It's true, when you get on a creative roll, your minds will begin to harvest creative ideas and feed from one another. When this happens, generate as many ideas as possible. You can go back and develop and clarify the ideas later.
- Keep some sort of journal and keep track of the ideas you come up with. This can simply be a folder on your computer, a Google Doc, or you could even use pen and paper, I guess. This is a great way to go back and reflect, as well as, just a reminder to yourself of your ideas and solutions. Trust me, you will forget if you don't document it.
- Once you have had some success and reached some of your goals, don't forget to continually challenge yourself. It is important to continually challenge yourself. Set new goals and help advance your abilities. Try out new things and avoid always using the same solutions you have used in the past.