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Creative Thinking & Problem Solving - Let's Design a Game

This 6-week course teaches creative thinking and problem solving skills, using the context of designing a board game to demonstrate and reinforce the techniques.
David Morgan-Mar, Ph.D.
62 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn several creative thinking and problem solving techniques, including: problem analysis, defining the goal, brainstorming, lateral thinking, idea generation, divergent/convergent thinking, idea evaluation, risk/benefit analysis, combining ideas, verification of solutions, and the thinking hats method for structuring thinking. Students will also experience working in a group environment, learning how to give and receive goal-oriented constructive criticism.
I am a published game writer and designer, with multiple writing credits in the GURPS roleplaying game system by Steve Jackson Games, as well as gaming articles published in Pyramid magazine.
I am also a trained and authorised teacher of Primary Ethics in the New South Wales government education system, a course which covers critical thinking concepts. I have been teaching K-6 students face-to-face as a volunteer in the NSW school system since 2012.
Students will be given simple tasks to practise and reinforce the thinking techniques they have learnt during each lesson. These tasks can be done alone, or preferably with the assistance and input of family members. Homework tasks can be done in a few minutes, or can be practised as often as the student wishes. Between weeks 5 and 6, the student will have a board game they helped design. They should print it out and play the game a few times with family or friends. The family/friends should give constructive feedback, saying both what they enjoyed about it, and what aspects they think could be improved.
Learners will need writing paper and a pen/pencil for the thinking exercises during the class. Between classes, learners will also need to print out a few pages of game board elements, to test the game that we will be designing. Cardboard, writing implements, and scissors will be useful. They will also need access to common board game supplies such as dice and small game pieces. Copies of the class notes will be posted in the Outschool classroom for download after each lesson.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


David Morgan-Mar, Ph.D.
Lives in Australia
Critical thinking - Science - Ethics! Big questions for broad minds
62 total reviews
22 completed classes

About Me

I'm a professional scientist and photographer, with experience teaching children science and ethics in Sydney, Australia. I have a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics, and a doctorate in astronomy. I've been a research scientist in optics... 
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