CAPSTONE: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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Welcome to the Capstone Course “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving”. This is the final course in the program Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) INTRODUCTORY program that seeks to empower youth with the practical skills for today’s Digital economy. The courses delivered throughout this Program were designed to address specific skills profiles considered relevant to the global online job market. This Capstone course provides an opportunity for students to reinforce and apply the knowledge and skills gained from the previous four courses to real-word business scenarios, based on the requirements of prevalent online job prospects.

Digital Literacy goes beyond the skills and ability to utilize and manipulate digital tools, and includes transversal skills such as critical thinking and problem solving and understanding how to apply a digital skill-set and tools to real-world business scenarios. This Capstone course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained from the previous four courses to real-word business scenarios, based on the requirements of prevalent online job prospects. Students also learn to use effective communication and collaborative techniques in tackling assigned business challenges.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Assess a problem situation and business needs and to identify, evaluate and select appropriate digital tools and possible technological responses to solve them.
  2. Demonstrate the effective application and use of digital tools to a given business scenario
  3. Use digital tools and technologies for collaborative processes and to share data, information and digital content with others
  4. Create and edit digital content in different formats, in order to share and communicate applied solutions.

This course was developed for the participants in the CSOD INTRODUCTORY program and is designed for Youth between the ages of 16 and 25 who may (or may not) have prior knowledge or skills in using the Internet and other digital tools.

The course will provide a virtual community to work in, that includes other participants like yourself, your course facilitator, and potential mentors that will be an invaluable source of information, knowledge sharing, and creative ideas. We encourage you to participate in the discussions and activities which will be one of the most valuable things this course has to offer.

Students should have successfully completed all modules and assessment quizzes in the previous courses:

  • Foundations of Being Digital
  • Productivity Tools For Digital Workers
  • Social Media & Web Applications
  • Data Fundamentals

This self-directed course will take approximately 4 – 6 hours per module to complete, and you should be able to complete the overall course within 2 weeks. You should expect to spend approximately 7 – 10 hours per week for best results.

This course is made up of four (4) modules:

Module 1 – Business Scenario: SEO Clerk + Online Ads Monitor: uses a fictional scenario to reinforce skills, techniques, tools and procedures associated with the online job role of “SEO Clerk + Online Ad Monitor

Module 2 – Business Scenario: Mobile / Web App Tester: uses a fictional scenario to reinforce skills, techniques, tools and procedures associated with the online job role of “Mobile/Web App Tester”

Module 3 – Business Scenario: Data Processor / Market Researcher: uses a fictional scenario to reinforce skills, techniques, tools and procedures associated with the online job role of “Data Processor / Market Researcher”.

Module 4 – Content Creators: Build Your Own Blog Website (Optional): Building Your Own Website is about learning how to be content creators, and not just mere consumers. A personal blog website using WordPress is a great way to share and tell their story

You may do the modules in any order that you choose, however you must complete at least three of the four modules  and the related assessments in order to successfully complete this course..