Collaborative Creativity

for Social Innovation and Human- Centred Design

Collaborative Creativity for Social Innovation and Human-Centred Design is a program option within the Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route. Visit the MEd, Interdisciplinary Route page for complete MEd details including fees

Collaborative creativity is an educational imperative in 21st century education as it is essential to equip educators and learners with the capacities to innovate to adapt to perpetual change and to affect positive perpetual change. Truly collaborative cultures enhance innovative potentials exponentially by enabling the free flow of ideas in truly trusting and caring, inventive environments. A central feature of this program is continual collaborative engagement in contextual creative problem solving through design thinking and design practice. This is supported against a backdrop of research into the fields of creativity, design, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Collaborative Creativity for Social Innovation and Human-Centred Design program is designed for educators from early childhood to post-secondary levels, and professionals from across the discipline spectrum to develop comprehensive, design thinking and design practice tactics and strategies to affect positive, innovative change across a wide range of real world contexts. This is accomplished through the establishment of a collaborative culture for creativity that is carried throughout the program to support the design work of all participants. Each program participant will be engaging in a highly supportive and interactive online community of collaboration and creativity throughout the program to support the growth and development of their own work as well as the work of others in the cohort. Some of these design contexts include educational and social innovation, human-centred design and entrepreneurship as well as the personal professional practice of each participant.

The Collaborative Creativity for Social Innovation and Human-Centred Design program, with its combination of face to face courses in the summer followed by online courses in the fall and winter, is highly accessible for those from diverse geographic locations and diverse professional backgrounds wishing to engage in a truly collaborative, transformative experience. This program is for those wishing to become positive agents of change through the development of the capacities for innovation in a variety of real world applications through collaborative creativity and design practice.

The giant lobster project

Students from the Summer 2019 offering of EDER 678.75 - the Collaborative Culture of Creativity - worked together to build a giant lobster for their class.

Collaborative Creativity & Design Thinking for Innovation: The Giant Lobster Project


Building a Whale

Building a whale is really an exercise in total teamwork. Learn more about collaborative creativity in the link below from the 2017 version of this program.

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Program Schedule

Term 1 - Summer

EDER 678.75
The Collaborative Culture of Creativity

Term 1 - Summer

EDER 678.45
Human Centred Design, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Term 2 - Fall

Fall 2020
EDER 678.03 L01 (73213)
Research in Creativity, Collaboration and Design Thinking

Term 3 - Winter

Winter 2021
EDER 678.04 L01 (13014)
Sustainable Collaborative Creativity in Professional Practice

Notice re: Summer Residency 2021

All MEd Summer 2021 classes will be moving fully online with the exception of off-campus courses in the Transformative Learning Environments Topic. There will be no on-campus Summer Residency. Please do not make any travel plans such as booking flights or accommodations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The Werklund School is a leader in online learning, offering robust programs and supports for students seeking alternate program delivery.  Staff and faculty are committed to ensuring the quality of this learning experience will meet the needs of our students and maintain the high standards we have become known for.

Course Descriptions

Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term on D2L.

Course Delivery

The Summer blended course(s) begin with face-to-face classes at the University of Calgary, during the first part of July, with online follow up. Fall and Winter courses are offered fully online using Desire2Learn and Zoom. For additional information regarding online delivery, please refer to the Online Delivery eLearn website.

3 units per course

EDER 678.75 The Collaborative Culture of Creativity

This course focuses on establishing foundational understanding of the central concepts of creativity, collaboration and design thinking for innovation. Emphasis is on establishing a collaborative culture of trust, caring and idea generation and sharing through large group and small group design tasks. This collaborative culture is maintained throughout the program to support the creative design practice of each participant. This course marks the launch of a design initiative for an innovation relevant to the professional practice of each participant.

EDER 678.45 Human Centred Design, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on the theory and practice of human centred design, social innovation and entrepreneurship behind applying design thinking strategies and tactics for initiatives that benefit other people in the local, regional and global environments. Emphasis is also on the development of the entrepreneurial mindset to imagine new ways to solve problems and create value. This course marks the launch of a collaborative small group design initiative in the fields of human-centred design, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

EDER 678.03 Research in Creativity, Collaboration and Design Thinking

This course explores the foundational literature base and supplemental research resources in the fields of creativity and design. Participants will be engaging in an online community of inquiry to enhance the growth and development of research awareness as it applies to personal and peer research interests. This development is based on evidence of metacognitive growth and articulation of process documentation fortified with pertinent citation of research resources to enhance the depth of understanding of developing research contexts of ongoing design work.

EDER 678.04 Sustainable Collaborative Creativity in Professional Practice

This course focuses on the long-term development of sustainable cultures of collaborative creativity. Design thinking methods and creative design practice are applied to a wide range of components that encompass professional educational practice transcending disciplinary contexts. The design of organizational structures, assessment design, learning experience design and education of the professional culture are just some of the areas of exploration for sustainable implementation.

Have Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator (GPA)

Brenda Tschanz

Academic Program Coordinator

Dr. Robert Kelly

Ready to Apply?

Applications are open November 1 - March 1. All students apply for admission through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that topics are offered yearly and subject to change.

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