I am at the very early stages of developing and rediscovering my creativity. I’m new to blogging and being an active contributor to social network sites and sharing with others. I’ve always used the internet to get information, entertainment or to conduct business. I left the content creation to others. However, this course has opened my eyes to the importance of connectivism, which I would define as being an active participant in the network of planet earth. This includes contributing to the knowledge base available in the World Wide Web through contributing information, creating content and sharing with others. According to David Gauntlett, it’s important to create or make things, because the act of creating usually involves a social dimension and helps to connect us to other people. I’ve seen this during the course through my enhanced exposure to social media and the educational materials available on the web. Contributing to the conversation, or offering ideas, thoughts, comments or encouragement to others helps us to be connected to others and sparks creativity.
I’m much more aware of the creativity that exists around me, as well as the risks that people take to be creative. It’s OK to make mistakes or to be wrong. Learning comes from these mistakes. I’ve always been pretty risk averse, which hinders creativity. I was very impressed and enlightened by the Kathryn Schulz TED talk “On being wrong”. Ms. Schulz makes a great case for risk taking and taking steps to allows you the freedom to be wrong. Sometimes being wrong leads to better results than if you’re not taking a chance. I know I need to work on this and will. I plan on making use of the structure Dr. Roger Firestien describes in his unleashing the power of creativity talk. I’ve participated in brainstorming sessions in the past, but his talk provided me with a great overview of how to do this effectively if the desire is to spur creativity and innovation.
I do enjoy being creative and need to take the time to just play around with things, if for no other reason than to just relax and have fun. This course has helped me see that there are unlimited ways to connect with others, to learn, to share and to be creative. I will continue on with this journey and appreciate the insights and ideas that everyone shared with me. Thanks for opening my mind!