• Module 5: Problem Solving

    Module 5
    4 hours
    Launch module
    Module 5

    The aim of this module is to present the concept of problem solving and discuss some of the teaching approaches, methods, strategies and techniques that aim to foster problem solving competencies of children under the DIGCOMP 2.0 Framework.

    4 hours


    Problem solving, as one of the pillars of the DIGCOMP 2.0 Framework refers to the development of the following knowledge, skills and competences: how to solve technical problems, identify needs and technological responses, creatively using digital technology and identify digital competence gaps. Problem solving is considered as a “transversal” competence which means that it applies to all competence areas of the DigComp framework. In this module we classify teaching approaches into three main categories: (a) Problem solving and discovery learning, (b) Problem solving and collaborative learning, and (c) Creative problem solving. It should be noted that not one of those categories is arbitrary, since elements of all these approaches can be found almost in each teaching lesson aiming at fostering problem solving skills. Though, here we differentiate between them in order to pinpoint their importance in the teaching process and help teachers design their lessons keeping in mind the possibilities each approach has to offer within learning contexts. Finally, through the module Units we use many examples of lessons aggregated by the DRC researchers within IO3 - Digital Literacy and Citizenship Guide which can be accessed through the project website.


    Upon completion of this Module participants should be able to:

    • Define problem solving
    • Discuss how problem-solving fits within the DIGCOMP Framework
    • Discuss the importance of developing problem-solving competencies
    • Describe methods and strategies for developing problem solving competencies
    • Explore collaborative learning approaches for developing problem solving skills
    • Explore creative approaches for developing problem solving skills
    • Apply what they have learned throughout this module to their teaching practice
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