Wide Range of Problem Types
findingQED's innovative framework supports an extremely wide range of problem types. The core requirement is that there is a question which can be explicitly addressed with facts and reasoning. There may be one or multiple reasonable answers, any one of which is appropriate. If an "answer" is not definitive, it can be expressed in terms of its likelihood.
The problem's question can be a single text question such as one finds on a standardized test in math, reading or reasoning sections, or the question can be a part of a media-rich story which requires investigating a good deal of facts, phenomena and circumstances to unravel. The problem can pertain to domain subject matter, or simply consist of general knowledge known to all who access the problem. The problem may require the use of concepts or models or forms of analysis that should be familiar to the learner, or the problems may consist of only those elements easily and commonly understood by anyone from the intended population. All content required to resolve the problem may be provided in the scenario scenes, or some content may be required from outside the platform. All of these problem scenario design choices are made by the scenario author.
The framework supports problem scenarios that trigger curiosity and high levels of engagement.
Each problem scenario, whether it is custom created or pre-existing from the findingQED web-based library, is comprised of one or more informational scenes. The set of scenes provide a context, a body of facts and possibly red herrings too. A problem scenario with a single scene may be as simple as a text question with all the necessary information provided in the text or an adjacent image. A richer scenario may consist of a series of scenes comprised of multiple types of digital media, including videos, photos, graphics, data, audio, and text.
Investigate, Posit, Argue
The problem solver’s objective is to investigate the web-based scene(s), identify the issue(s), gather facts, ignore red herring distractors, specify one or more possible solution points of view, and support each finalized point of view by constructing a well reasoned fact-based argument. All fact gathering and argument constructions are click-based and do not require typing any input.
The arguments are constructed on the platform's Argue Pad™ and are based upon facts and inferences derived from the scenes, which are obtained through investigation, observation and reflection. The combination of scene investigation, reflection, specifying possible solutions, and constructing arguments in support of those solutions all develop and exercise the learner’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. It is through the construction of well reasoned fact-based arguments in support of a point of view that these skills are most exercised and illuminated, and as such, the argument construction process is quite important.
Automated Feedback & Assessment
The fact-gathering and inference making from scenes as well as the argument constructions on the Argue Pad™ not only provide an innovative and powerful way for the learner to exercise their critical thinking and problem solving skills, but these activities also enable the platform to deeply assess the learner's capabilities, thus providing accurate detailed assessment about the learner's strengths and weaknesses. Each learner can advance their skills incrementally by engaging with increasing levels of scenarios, practicing at each level, and learning from the automated feedback in conjunction with the insights that instructors are able to additionally derive from the assessment data.
Descriptions of example scenarios are provided in the section entitled "Public vs. Custom Created Problem Scenarios".
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After a learner attempts each problem scenario, the platform delivers highly instructive automated feedback that develops and advances the learner's critical thinking and problem solving skills.
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