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The Course

Hosted in the Minecraft Platform, together with two trainers you will experience a fun and creative way of Minecraft’s building and crafting while learning about Creativity and Problem Solving. 

Trainings will be hosted ONLINE on Wednesdays at 17h00 starting on the week of September 20th.

After completing this course, you will be able to apply various techniques to find creative solutions for simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic problems.

You do not need to know how to play Minecraft nor own a game; you will be provided with a guest account that you can use for the duration of the course. However, to effectively participate you have to meet the following requirements:

  • PC/Laptop that is able to run smoothly Java edition of Minecraft (Click here for recommended specifications)
  • Stable internet connection
  • You are a beginner player, or you have never played Minecraft.

Browse the Lesson Plan

Week 1: Introduction and Group Orientation

You'll meet your trainers, learn key mechanics of Minecraft (mining, crafting, and building) while exploring virtual Erasmus Campus, and solve small creative challenges.

Week 2: Simple problems and problem-solving

Once you know how to handle your pickaxe, we will learn about different types of problem-solving. We will focus on the 4-step problem-solving process and apply it to solve a simple problem like building a bridge.

Week 3: Complicated problems

You will learn about various thinking techniques that can help you to come up with unique solutions. You will work in a small team to solve challenges like building an elevator or scoring the best time in a scavenger hunt.


Week 4: Complex problems

Problems that do not have one or obvious solution. Here we will build an elaborate mechanism to transport an object or find a correct path through a mine-infested field. You will also learn about the biases that hinder our creative process.

Week 5: Chaotic problems

Chaotic problems do not have a clear cause nor solution. Here you will need to rely on your teammates and explore which of the techniques you have learned so far would work to give you an edge.

Week 6: The Final Problem

We will not spoil much, but it will certainly push you to use all the problem-solving and creative thinking techniques you have learned so far.

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TESTIMONIALS

Ever wanted to solve problems more creatively?

The answer is learning how to think more divergently. Creative Problem Solving is not just brainstorming. This course deals directly with your ability for creativity, a critical skill that will come in handy in any field.

It was entertaining, fun, inspiring, and highly interactive. Thelonious takes you on a journey. The best part about this course was the “unexpected” factor. No session was the same, and no session will be the same, as it is completely up to you, your creativity, and your teamwork

MAR MOSSEL

MSc MARKETING MANAGEMENT STUDENT 

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

Boost your creative problem solving skills in just 6 weeks.

We are taking you on a Minecraft journey!

Creative problem solving sessions with groups that have even a minimal amount of training in creativity tools and principles generated 350% more ideas than groups without training; and these ideas were 415% more original (Puccio et al., 2018).

MEET YOUR TRAINERS

Thelonious Schairer-Penny       

is a Bachelor student of Psychology with many years of experience teaching others how to utilize their creativity. His approach to instructing others can best be described as practical in nature. He is the current Head of Workshops of the international student theatre association WILDe and the creator of the LifeImprovisation course at LifeVersity. His goal for this course is to help others understand what creativity is and how to use the creativity that exists inherently in all of us when trying to solve problems.

Manana Natsvlishvili       

is not just a fruity name. Behind Manana is a Psychology graduate with plentiful experience with teamwork, communications, and video games! She's extremely dedicated and views her work as a platform for sharing valuable skills and making meaningful connections. By combining her skills in Psychology with her past experiences, Manana offers courses in Interpersonal Communication and Creative Problem Solving thru Minecraft. If you are looking for fun, open-minded, and original classes, clearly you've found your place.

What you need to know

IT'S COMPLETELY FREE

Participation in the course is free, however full participation will be required once you signed up and you are selected. (First session is mandatory).

IT'S ONLY 6 WEEKS

You will see your trainer once a week, for 6 weeks. Besides the coaching session there is preparatory material that you will need to cover before hand.

YOU GET A CERTIFICATE

We know that life happens. As long as you do not miss more than one training session and you deliver the final assignment, you will get one.

RECORDINGS

Small parts of some sessions might be recorded, or screenshots of the zoom calls might be taken for communication, education and/or marketing purposes.

COVID SITUATION

Trainings are subject to change in format (online/offline) to adhere with the measures taken by the Dutch government and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

DISCLAIMER

*Applications will be based in motivation and basic engagement with PC games, time slots will only open if a minimum of 8 students enroll.

MANAGEMENT OF DATA

You can know more on how we manage your data on our policy page.

Ready to get started?

Applications will be based in motivation. Don't sleep on it and sign up as soon as possible! Once the spots are gone, they're gone.

4 spots left. Deadline: September 17th at midnight.

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