Productivity Tools for Digital Workers

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Welcome to the Course Productivity Tools For Digital Workers”. This is the 2nd course in the in the Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) INTRODUCTORY program that seeks to empower youth with the practical skills for today’s Digital economy.. These courses are designed to address competency profiles in Digital literacy and Data skills that have become essential for the job markets of today and the future.

Participants in this course “Productivity Tools For Digital Workers”, will acquire practical knowledge and skills for an essential set of digital productivity tools that equip them to function effectively in the online digital workplace.

This practical course is designed to equip students with the basic knowledge and skills for an essential set of digital productivity tools that equip them to function effectively in the online digital workplace. Techniques learned range from “touch-typing” skills to basic wordprocessing and spreadsheet use for creating structured and formatted business content. Students also learn to the use of digital communication and collaboration tools for given business activities such as time and task management

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

  1. Use the standard QWERTY keyboard proficiently with basic “Touch Typing” skills
  2. Demonstrate basic wordprocessing skills for creating structured and formatted documents as well as being able to create, store and share document outputs.
  3. Demonstrate basic spreadsheet skills for creating and modifying workbooks, setting up and making use of basic formulas, and organising and presenting data visually
  4. Creatively use wordprocessors and spreadsheets to produce digital contents in multiple formats, including multimedia
  5. Select and explain how to use various digital communication and collaboration tools for a given business context, with specific attention paid to Email, WhatsApp and Google Calendar

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.

No prior knowledge is required of any of the digital tools to be covered. However participants in this course should have successfully completed the 1st course “Foundations of Being Digital”.

The overall CSOD INTRODUCTORY program is organized over 12 weeks and 5 courses. The courses are self-contained, but together they create a learning journey focused on getting you ready for the Digital economy. We’ve designed the courses to be as interactive as possible. Each self-directed course will take approximately 1.5 – 3 hours per module to complete, and you should be able to complete each course within 2 weeks.

You can study the course at your own pace and we’ve designed each course to be flexible so it fits with your schedule, and you can move ahead if you have time or catch up when you need to. You should expect to spend approximately 5 – 8 hours per week for best results.

The four modules in this course “Productivity Tools For Digital Workers” are illustrated below::

Module 1 – Learning To Type Professionally – teaches the essential skill of typing professionally for both the physical and online digital workplaces.

Module 2 – Effective Business Reporting Using Wordprocessing – provides students with a practical working knowledge of wordprocessing, one of the most common tools for digital content creation,using Google Docs..

Module 3 – Content Creation with Spreadsheets and Wordprocessors – develops the student’s ability to work with Wordprocessors and Spreadsheets, two of the most common tools for digital content creation, and a skill that is in demand in the modern digital workplace

Module 4 – Digital Communication and Workflow Management – students learn and practice to identify, select and use appropriate digital productivity tools that will enhance effectiveness at business communications and collaboration in the digital workplace.

You will complete the modules in sequence as you work through the course. Please note that all modules are locked, until the previous one is completed, so you have to completely finish each module and the related assessments in order to progress through the course.

Progressing through the course

Each module is presented as a combination of topics and lessons, and the main method of progressing through the module is to click to move to the next piece to information.

Once you have covered all lessons (i.e. all the information and completed all activities) within a topic, you will be presented with a “Mark Complete” button. This will trigger your advancement to the next topic. When you activate the “Mark Complete” button on the final topic within a module, you will be taken to the “Final Quiz” for that module.

  • Next (>) will take you to the next topic/lesson in the course
  • Prev (<) will take you back to the previous topic/lesson
  • Home takes you back to the main course menu.

Assessments / Questions

Each module in the course has an Assessment section at the end with a series of questions that enable you to test and validate your learning on the topics covered.