Before you accuse us of splitting hairs, we know they sound like the same thing, but they’re not. While it’s tempting to use the terms interchangeably, creative learning and creativity have different meanings when applied to education or learning and development.
Find out how creative learning and creativity are related and how both can increase engagement and retention.
But first, let’s define our central concept for today.
Creative learning is not memorizing information. It’s building knowledge and developing skills using creative techniques.
Rather than dictating how information should be absorbed, creative education— guides the learner through the instruction process using creative methods. And it challenges the obvious, the conventional, and the assumed. To some extent, it’s about breaking out of constraints.
However, we’re not breaking boundaries just for the sake of breaking them. No! We’re breaking boundaries for valid purposes— like effectively building a comprehension framework.
Here’s a list of creative learning techniques that you may have heard oft:
Now that you have a general overview of creative learning, let’s go over why it’s effective.
Learners engage deeply with creative learning experiences. The more that learners engage with the process,, the longer they retain knowledgeand expand their understanding. But that’s just the beginning. Learning creatively does way more than that.
Next, we’ll explore one of the techniques we love the most.
Storytelling is a creative learning technique that makes information interesting. It takes the pressure out of the learning experience and improves learners’ attention.
What makes a great story? Think of an object that has sentimental value to you. A cherished souvenir you brought home from a memorable trip will do. Do you remember the moment you bought it and how you felt, with all the sensory details? Do you know why? Because emotions associated with information power long-term memory.
Long-term memory maximizes learners’ attention! Emotions drive attention, and attention drives learning.
What exactly is emotion?.
Emotions are physical reactions to events that trigger our senses.
On the other hand, feelings are not only physical—like emotions—they’re also mental. And they’re our way of interpreting our emotions. Feelings cause us to pay attention to and interact with the environment around us.
We can use emotions to our benefit. We know that certain emotions cause a certain reaction. And we know that feelings originate from emotions and make us pay attention.
So, what do you need to make your learners stay focused on a lesson that will teach them a new skill?
You just need to trigger emotions to grab your learners’ attention. And you can do it with stories! Stories evoke emotions, and emotions guide us.
Therefore, to make a learning experience enthralling and keep learners focused, appeal to the six basic emotions—anger, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, and surprise.
Once you get their attention and they’re open to learning, keep them in that mindset by stimulating emotions such as curiosity, delight, or amusement.
Bottom line: Telling an engaging story is a technique you can use to build a creative learning experience through emotions.
We talked about creative learning a lot so far. But up to this point, we haven’t defined creativity, so let’s do that and distinguish creative learning from creativity.
To think creatively means to develop unique and useful ideas and come up with creative learning solutions. But a learner doesn’t need to be a creative person to participate in that process.
Creativity is how an instructional designer addresses the needs of learners. It’s their ability to envision both available and yet-to-exist solutions to cater to each learner. The goal is that each learner gets the experience they need. For instance, you can use microlearning for on-the-go learners or adaptive learning for those who are fast on their feet.
On the other hand, creative learning is a delivery method. It considers individual learning styles and figures out innovative ways to increase engagement and retention of content.
These are a few premises of creative learning solutions:
It’s time to move on to the next step: designing the creative learning solution.
You don’t have to do it on your own! Find a learning organization that has the creativity to develop creative learning solutions.
Learners don’t need to be creative people themselves to enroll in and engage with creative learning experiences. However, those who design and develop the content and the delivery system should be creative and know what to do with it.
A creative instructional designer tailors the solution to the learner and the way they absorb new information. That’s how creativity pays off when it comes to learning design.
Before we go, check out some simple strategies that creative instructional designers use all the time.
If you want to be a creative learner more often, do the following:
Creative learning has changed the understanding of entire organizations about training and workplace education.
It applies wherever learning happens. And it generates lifelong learning by nurturing a creative mindset in learners. That’s what makes them eager to keep learning.
By developing creativity skills in learners, you develop professionals who can:
And remember: developing creative approaches to learning is, in itself, a creative process.