Custom Interactive Scenarios for developing Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Knowledge Competence
The case scenarios on findingQED’s web-based platform provide highly captivating media-rich experiential learning for education, training, and assessment. These cases deliver the deep engagement that digital natives need, while developing and assessing problem solving skills, critical thinking, and the application of the required case knowledge. Each automated case-use assessment yields robust instructive feedback and a full set of quantitative metrics to facilitate learner self-improvement and instructor teaching and scoring.
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For instructors, the platform increases instructor effectiveness and flexibility, reduces instructor workload, and provides robust, standardized automated assessment of student thinking skills and knowledge achievement.
Each case, whether it is custom created or an existing findingQED "public" case, presents a relevant scenario comprised of a series of captivating media-rich scenes where one or more issues arise.
Cases can use common knowledge or targeted domain knowledge
findingQED’s web-based case creation tool requires only that the case author know how to use a browser, how to upload pictures and/or video, and to have expertise in the topical area of the case (if the case pertains to a topic beyond general knowledge). Each case creator can modulate the level of case difficulty as appropriate for the age and expertise of the intended users.
Instructors are enthusiastic about the ability of these cases to captivate and motivate students, trigger curiosity, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, properly apply targeted subject matter in relevant contexts, empower independent learning, generate productive group discussion (whether residential or online), and provide both instructors and students with powerful assessment metrics that measure student thinking skills and relevant knowledge.
As well, findingQED often jointly creates cases with institutions or partners where that is desired. Third parties can create public cases and earn royalties on their usage.
“Problem solving” or “resolving an issue” is a learning exercise that is appropriate in most all learning environments regardless of topic. Problem solving in findingQED cases can require the use of targeted “expert” knowledge, or alternatively, may require only the application of common knowledge. In either case, resolving the case issues always requires the use of critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Case creators conceive of a situation (real or fictional) that establishes at least one question or issue to be investigated and resolved. Relying on facts gathered during the case investigation, case solvers must construct a well reasoned argument in support of each case resolution they believe appropriate. A case may have a single or multiple acceptable resolutions and a case can incorporate as much ambiguity, subjectivity, and uncertainty as desired by the case creator.
Cases can be created at any level of difficulty. For example, cases can be created for fourth graders to develop their thinking skills using only the knowledge and thinking skills that are appropriate for that age, or, cases can be created for professionals who are required to analyze complex scenarios within their specialized arena which demands facility with targeted expertise and robust reasoning. Of course, cases can fall anywhere along this continuum of challenge and sophistication.
Instructors can use the highly granular assessment analytics to assist students, focus discussions on the areas of need, and grade student achievement (along a number of key thinking skills and knowledge metrics).
Case scenarios are a proven method for developing thinking skills and knowledge competence using experiential rather than lecture-based processes, and the findingQED technology is rooted in well accepted pedagogical theory.
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findingQED's powerful functionality makes using these cases a captivating and productive approach for just about any learning setting; especially where developing critical thinking, problem solving, and the proper application of knowledge is a desired outcome.
The development of critical thinking skills, problem solving and knowledge competence is applicable to a very wide range of education, training, and assessment settings, and for any of these uses, the cases can be geared to different levels of challenge and complexity, ranging from the fourth grade through advanced professional development. Whether it be for individuals or groups, in-class discussion or remote use, self-development or leader facilitated, the findingQED platform and cases deliver a new type of engaging learning and assessment.
Some of the arenas where such value is useful include:
How do I get cases applicable to my particular situation?
The case solver’s critical thinking skills, problem solving processes, and appropriate use of knowledge are automatically measured and assessed by the web-based platform. Case solvers receive detailed descriptive feedback to further develop their thinking skills and knowledge.
Central to the platform is the innovative case framework that empowers each case to develop and assess creative problem solving skills, critical thinking, judgment, and knowledge competence. As the learner attempts to resolve issues present in each case, their use of skills and knowledge are tracked and measured in robust detail. Learners not only exercise and develop their thinking skills and knowledge competence by resolving the case issues, they also advance their capabilities by assimilating the automated highly descriptive feedback.
Can I see a demonstration? How can I learn more?
"Public” cases in the findingQED cloud-based library are available to any registered user, and current customers are using these public cases. However, because it is so efficient to create new cases that address particular issues and subject matter, many institutions and instructors find it compelling to create and customize their own cases.
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findingQED has invented a unique framework for creating and engaging with web-based interactive case scenarios. Each scenario pertains to the topics and issues specified by the case creator and is geared for a particular level of learner.
The platform enables anyone to easily create cases about any subject matter for any level of learner. In addition, findingQED continues to build its case library for a number different subject domains while working in consultation with instructors.
Instructors are Enthusiastic
The case solver’s objective is to investigate the web-based scenes, identify the issue(s), and to suggest a resolution by constructing one or more well reasoned fact-based arguments in support of one or more points of view. The arguments, constructed on the platform's Argue Pad™, are based upon facts and inferences derived from the scenes, which are obtained by way of the user's age-appropriate thinking skills, such as: being keenly aware, making sense of issues and facts, analyzing information, applying relevant models, interpreting data, making connections, deriving inferences, problem solving, assessing uncertainty, making judgments, and formulating the one or more points of view that resolves the issue(s) to the greatest extent possible.
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Assessment is built in and seamless
findingQED cases are appropriate for any topic in any learning setting
Resolving case issues is engaging, triggers curiosity, motivates learners to problem solve, and is fun.
Cases can be used for individual or group homework, class discussion material, in-class problem solving, or purely for assessment. Cases can be used as the basis for a “turnkey” curriculum or as a course supplement, and for residential or online classes. Cases provide an excellent focus for group discussion and debate, whether facilitated by students alone using the platform’s insightful automated feedback, or with the guidance of an instructor. An additional class activity could have students create their own cases on the platform, developing even deeper skills and knowledge.
The rich array of assessment metrics also enables the cases to be used purely for assessment purposes, where desired, such as providing the foundation for objective credentialing assessment.
findingQED cases are effective across different instruction modalities