Creativity in managing innovative education based on the Smart-Up Lab program and Project Based Learning method
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Creativity is nothing but a mental process that entails the emergence of new ideas, concepts or new associations, links with existing ideas and concepts. Creative thinking is thinking that leads to original and appropriate solutions. In our dynamic and competitive world, designing a creative environment is a main goal and challenge for many companies and educational settings. Why is that so? Because it simply leads to the development of innovation and is existential for the well-being of the whole economy and civilization. One of the methods that contributes to the increase of creativity and the innovation level in education is the Project Based Learning (PBL) method. The aim of the study is to present creative methods in education based on PBL method using the example of the Smart-Up Lab (SUL) program organized by the consortium: Medical University in Lodz, Poland and EIT Health. PBL is a method of didactic work in which students implement the undertaking on the basis of assumptions established with the lecturer. At the beginning, goals and deadlines of work are set. The criteria for the assessment of individual work stages are clearly defined. The project’s task is most often performed in a group. After the end of the project, the results of students' work are presented to the public. During the implementation of the project, the lecturer acts as a coordinator and consultant - helps in making decisions regarding the division of tasks, supervises deadlines and assesses student performance by giving feedback. One of the examples using the Project Based Learning method is the Smart-Up Lab project. This project uses creativity and the PBL method to create innovative products, services and solutions to real-life challenges. This program has all features of a suitable teaching method in Science and may be a good example of the curriculum that may lead to the development of high-class specialists using creativity and innovative ideas in their everyday work.
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