MIT Professional Education Launches New MicroCourse: Effective Problem Solving for Teams

Digital Plus Programs MicroCourse teaches MIT’s unique framework for problem-solving and brainstorming to help organizations grow creative cultures and drive innovation

Cambridge, Mass., September 20, 2018 – MIT Professional Education, a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge and expertise through advanced education programs, today announced the launch of a new Digital Plus Programs MicroCourse titled, Effective Problem Solving for Teams.

The debut MicroCourse runs twice this Fall on October 22, 2018 and November 5, 2018. It is designed for professionals at all levels across any industry, especially those in the engineering and technology fields who are looking to grow their capacity for problem-solving in a way that promotes creativity and innovation.

“Businesses today face more problems than they have time to solve. As a result, people admit how they tend jump too quickly to solutions — which is often ineffective,” said instructor Dr. David Niño, Senior Lecturer at MIT. This MicroCourse helps people see problems more clearly, prioritize them, and define them in actionable ways. In addition, it helps leaders understand how problems present a unique opportunity — an opportunity for leading innovation.”

Participants will learn MIT’s unique methodology for problem solving and brainstorming, as well as:

  • Techniques for identifying and defining problems
  • Ways to frame and communicate a compelling vision
  • Practices that enable more creative brainstorming
  • Strategies for evaluating and choosing a game-changing solution

Each MicroCourse session is available online for one week and can be completed in approximately 4 hours. It is offered through a well-designed, intuitive virtual campus that offers leaders and managers the opportunity collaborate with peers from across the globe. Those who complete the MicroCourse earn a certificate as well as CEUs, which may be applied toward a professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours. In addition, the $195 fee for the MicroCourse will be credited toward enrollment in MIT Professional Education's January 7, 2019 session of the complimentary course, Leadership & Innovation for Technology Professionals.

“Everything we do at MIT Professional Education boils down to helping people become better problem solvers. So, it's fitting that this is the first in a series of MicroCourses we plan to offer through our Digital Plus Program,” said Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director at MIT Professional Education. “Our goal is to make critical knowledge more accessible to professionals around the globe through multiple teaching modalities, so they can use that knowledge to drive innovation and help organization's solve the complex challenges we face in today's fast-paced business world.”

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For more than 65 years, MIT Professional Education has been providing technical professionals worldwide a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge and expertise, through advanced education programs designed specifically for them. In addition to industry-focused, two-to-five-day courses on campus through Short Programs, MIT Professional Education offers professionals the opportunity to take blended learning courses through Digital Plus Programs, attend courses abroad through International Programs, enroll in regular MIT academic courses through the Advanced Study Program, or attend Custom Programs designed specifically for their companies. For more information, please visit:

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