Creative, Critical and Design Thinking Program Preview – Presented by McMaster Continuing Education

– [Kristine] Welcome, everyone. Thank you for taking
some time out of your day to learn more about
the Creative, Critical, and Design Thinking certificate program here at McMaster Continuing Education. My name is Kristine Stolar, and I will be facilitating
this program preview. This is our agenda for today. The first part of the presentation is on the Creative, Critical, and Design Thinking program, and I’ll talk briefly
about the Bus. Admin. Diploma with a concentration in this area, as well as some program details and the delivery format. I’ll also review the enrolment process with you and the schedules, as well as answer any
questions that you may have. In this program, you
will develop competencies in Critical, Creative, and Design Thinking to investigate an idea and transform it into meaningful action. You’ll be introduced to a
host of tools and processes, which allow you to develop
solutions to real world issues. All of the courses are offered online, so you can balance life, work, family, and any other responsibilities. We offer a three course
certificate of completion in Creative, Critical,
and Design Thinking. We also offer a Business
Administration diploma with a concentration
in Creative, Critical, and Design Thinking. Both of these programs
are open enrolment, which means there is no application, and you can simply enrol in individual courses through our website. There are three terms per year, Fall, Winter, and Spring, that courses are offered. Now, not all of the courses
are offered each term, on average, each of the Critical, Creative, and
Design Thinking courses are offered two times annually. You can take the courses
as part of a program or individually based on
personal and professional needs. The certificate of completion
is straight forward. You must complete all three courses to meet the program requirements. The courses may be taken in any order, however, many find that taking CCD 101, Cultivating Creative Thinking, provides a foundation for the
other courses in the program. Each course is 13 weeks in length. As I mentioned previously, the courses are offered fully online, and I’ll talk more about
this format in a bit. First course, Cultivating
Creative Thinking, this course focuses on the
use of creative thinking skills to discover fresh and original ways to solve real life problems. It provides opportunities
to compile a tool kit of creative thinking techniques to generate, evaluate, and
select new ideas and solutions. CCD 102, Critical Thinking
for Problem Solving, this course, you will learn
ways to think critically in order to identify and create solutions to difficult problems. This course also provides opportunities to examine the stages and
processes of critical thinking, as well as multiple
problem solving methods. In CCD 103, our Design Thinking course, for this one, you’ll learn how to use Design Thinking methodology to assess problems and challenges, to discover and use data, and to develop, design, as well as construct
prototypes for validation. For students who wish to gain some foundational knowledge
and skills in business with a specialization
in Creative, Critical, and Design Thinking, you can pursue the diploma option. This may be a good option for those who are new to the field of business. This program requires you to complete the five core business courses, plus the three CCD courses. Additionally, the Creative, Critical, and Design Thinking courses can be taken as general electives in the
Business Admin. program, and all of these courses,
you can do online, both the Creative and Critical Thinking, as well as the core business courses. We’ll talk a bit about online courses. We built our online to provide you with the flexibility to balance life, work, and your coursework. There are specific deadlines each week, but you do not need to login to the course at a specific time to complete your work. Our online courses are
facilitated by an instructor, so they’ll be guiding you
throughout the whole course and answering questions,
facilitating discussions boards, posting announcements,
grading your assignments, and providing valuable feedback. Our instructors are
practitioners in the field, so they’re familiar with
current best practices and they can share their
real world experiences to help you understand
the concepts better. Each course is slightly different, but you can expect readings, linking out to video tutorials, expect quizzes, discussion boards, there’s also practice
activities and assignments. As far as the amount of effort that, or time commitment per week, we do suggest that you
allot between 5 and 7 hours per week towards your studies. The biggest difference
between an online course and when you do the work, Sorry. The difference between an
online course and in person is when you do the work, so you don’t have to come
to a class for 3 hours, you can login any time, day or evening, to do your readings and your required assignments and quizzes. Here at CCE, we use a
Course Management System branded Avenue 2 Learn, and that’s how we share and communicate with our students. If you haven’t used Avenue
2 Learn, previously, our YouTube channel has several tutorials that you can become familiar
with that platform there. So, the information on me now, if it has our program email account, so if any questions
come up after the fact, or you need some information, please feel free to
send us an email there, to the program account. As I showed you, there’s
the address for our website to get information on the program, as well as other courses that
you may be interested in. And the phone number there. You can speak to one of
our information specialists who can help you with
your program planning.

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