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This week you’ll continue to work on your ‘Invention’ (Inventing a New Telephone/Mind Connector from previous tutor 1020310) applying seven modes of thinking that were covered in this module. This assignment is a part of your final project.
Submit your paper as a Microsoft Word document in the discussion area for this assignment by due date.
Review at least one other student’s paper, and then provide comment and feedback to them in the same discussion area for this assignment.
Use the exercises below and have fun.
Applying Integrative Thinking to Problem-Solving
Think how you can make your project successful:

Applying Heuristic Thinking to Problem-Solving
Pretend that you have no knowledge of the subject in issue. Pretend that you are a child. What ideas child would generate regarding your project?
Applying Divergent Thinking to Problem-Solving
Apply brainstorming to generate as many ideas as you can.
Use the following example.
Uses For. This is a simple technique that can be used for mental stimulation or practical application, depending on what you have in mind at the time. It is an excellent tool for breaking you out of a functionally fixated mindset. To use this technique, think of an item or object, usually a common one like a brick, toothpick, pencil, or bucket, and set the task of thinking of all the possible uses for that object, without regard to what the object is normally used for, what it is named, or how it is usually thought of.
Sometimes a time limit, like three to five minutes, is given. Other times a quantity limit, like 25 to 100 is given. All the techniques of idea generation are used, from checklist to attribute analysis to random stimulation.
For example: What are the possible uses for a brick?
Ideas: doorstop, boat anchor, build a wall, build a walk, ballast, sanding block, powder and make dye, put on white background and make a sign (red letters), nut cracker, shoes, straightedge, red chalk, stop signal (use something green like a cucumber for go), heat reservoir, leaf press, paper weight, step stool, target for shooting, children’s toys, scale weight standard, distance standard, definition of red, water holder (soaked), tamper, pattern maker (in soft material), pendulum weight, bell clapper, roofing material (crushed).
Applying Convergent Thinking to Problem-Solving
Available information.
What was already done in relation to your project? What is already known regarding your idea?
Applying Unconscious Thinking to Problem-Solving
Try to change the state of your consciousness by meditating, listening to relaxing music, or by physically relaxing your body. Write down all ideas that may come to your mind while being in the state of relaxation.
Applying Critical Thinking to Problem-Solving
Ask five journalist’s questions:

  • Who?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?
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