Digital-age problem solving combines three key skills and concepts essential to understanding and solving problems in the information age: data literacy, design thinking, and computational thinking. Data literacy is the ability to analyze, interpret, and tell stories using complex sets of data. Design thinking is the ability to understand problems and develop creative solutions. Computational thinking is the process of expressing solutions so that humans and computers can understand them.
This digital-age problem solving course teaches participants how to use technology and data to create real solutions to real problems for real people. During this MOOC-Ed, participants will have the opportunity to dig into computational thinking, design thinking and digital-age problem solving; engage with its core skills and concepts; and learn how to integrate them into their instructional practice.
- Understand the components of digital-age problem solving: design thinking, computational thinking, and data literacy;
- Connect digital-age problem solving to existing content and problem-solving processes;
- Engage in the digital-age problem solving process through simulated activities;
- Apply digital-age problem solving in a real-world context;
- View digital-age problem solving in a variety of careers and subject areas;
- Explore connections to computer science, coding, and making.