Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

Problem Solving in the Digital Age

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Build decision-making skills using design thinking, data, and planning to help you solve problems in the workplace and beyond.

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University of LeedsUniversity of Leeds

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Increase your career skills as you learn how to solve problems in the workplace

As the digital world gains pace, we are introduced to more challenges both in the workplace and our daily lives. This ExpertTrack explores the ways you can use techniques and digital tools to find effective resolutions to problems.

You’ll develop problem solving skills, explore techniques like design thinking, and understand the importance of using data to make more informed decisions and find solutions to problems at work.

Using practical examples and tips from employers, you’ll have the opportunity to identify and use design skills and software to solve simple problems. You’ll also better understand what is required in this area by employers, and how you can apply these skills to enhance your career.

Develop your decision-making skills

You’ll build confidence tackling problems in the workplace by developing your decision-making skills.

By learning how to effectively choose which problem to solve first, you’ll feel ready to face challenges and quickly resolve issues. What’s more, you’ll discover how to create a persuasive plan to get your colleagues on board with your solutions.

Learn how to effectively use human-centred design

Human-centred design focuses on solving people’s problems with creative solutions.

You’ll develop a design-thinking mindset and learn how to ask the right questions to create a successful product that puts people first.

Discover evidence and data collection methods to improve your business decisions

You’ll learn the importance of data collection and the techniques you can use to harness its power in your decision-making.

You’ll examine the ethical considerations of data as well as data visualisation techniques to help you present your results in meaningful ways.

By the end of this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the skills and confidence to make informed business decisions and tackle digital problems both in and out of the workplace.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds SPEAKER: Life is full of problems, and being able to solve them is a highly valued skill, but how do you know which problems to solve? What information do you need to solve them, and how do you decide? This ExpertTrack is designed to help you answer these questions. Discover which transferable skills are needed to solve these problems and what practical tools there are available to help you do this. Digital technology has made it easy to collect big data, and this ExpertTrack will show you how to use it for problem solving. Finally, you’ll learn about human-centred design and how it helps us understand the needs of people who have a problem in order to design appropriate solutions.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds If you want to learn how to solve problems and understand the technology that can support you, join this ExpertTrack.

Key skills you will learn

  • Problem solving
  • Making decisions
  • Using data
  • Analysing problems
  • Data analysis
  • Human centred design
  • Design thinking

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Evaluate personal skills for problem solving.
  • Apply a problem-solving approach to generate solutions to your problems.
  • Produce a plan that persuades others your solution will work.
  • Develop a human-centred design mindset to approach a problem.
  • Apply the Design Thinking process to a real-world problem.
  • Collect information and data to test a human-centred solution.
  • Interpret trends and analyse patterns from a dataset.
  • Produce a plan to solve a problem with evidence and data being mindful of ethical concerns.
  • Apply a simple visualisation technique to make data easier to understand and work with.

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is designed for people who would like to build confidence in using digital technology in the workplace.

You may want to improve your career prospects, boost your digital skills, or you may be working and looking to increase your skills.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack will help you explore and build the foundations for a successful career in the digital workplace. It will help you use digital technology more effectively to design and implement solutions to problems. It will also help you develop the skills you need to be adaptable to a fast-paced digital environment.

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Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Meet your instructor

I’m a creative digital producer and product manager, and helped establish the National Film and Television School’s first digital producing course. I have a secret double life as an artist.

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