Investigate, Posit, Argue
The problem solver’s objective is to investigate the web-based scene(s), identify the issue(s), gather and analyze facts, ignore red herring distractors, specify 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 input.  Highly descriptive automated feedback and assessment support deep learning and skill achievement.

Wide Range of Problem Types

findingQED's innovative framework supports a nearly infinite range of problem types.  The only requirement for a problem scenario in our innovative framework is that there be at least one question that can be explicitly argued with at least one point of view.  Each point of view must be supported by facts and reasoning, and can incorporate any level of certainty.

Each scenario question can be direct and explicit, or the question may emerge more slowly out of the scenario scenes after some inquiry and exploration.  The problem can pertain to specific domain subject matter or common knowledge. The problem solving process may require the use of particular concepts or analytical methods, or simply rely on basic reasoning.

These scenario design choices are made when creating the scenario within the framework on our web-based platform. The framework ensures that the problem solving process: is engaging, is fact-based, requires logical  reasoning to resolve the problem to the greatest extent possible, and incorporates the automated feedback and assessment necessary for learning progress and skills achievement.


Each problem scenario is comprised of one or more informational scenes.  The set of scenes provide a context, a body of facts and usually some red herring distractors 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 with or without an associated image.  A richer scenario will consist of a series of scenes comprised of various types of digital media, including videos, photos, graphics, data, audio, and text.  Currently our problem scenarios range in length from one scene to 31 scenes.  

Constructing Arguments

Each argument in support of a point of view is constructed on the platform's Argue Pad™ using facts obtained through investigation of the scenes and inferences derived from analysis and reasoning.  The combined actions of investigating scenes, analyzing information, positing points of view, and constructing arguments all serve to develop and exercise the learner’s critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.  The explicit act of constructing well reasoned fact-based arguments to support points of view calls upon the myriad of essential skills, and as such, the argument construction process on the findingQED ArguePad is illuminating and developmental.  It is also quite useful for helping to diagnose skills deficiencies to the benefit of the learner.

Automated Feedback & Assessment

Fact-gathering, analysis, inference making and constructing well reasoned arguments on the Argue Pad™ not only provide an innovative and powerful way to develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, but these activities also enable the platform to deeply assess and provide feedback about each learner's strengths and weaknesses along key metrics. 

Highly descriptive automated feedback highlights errors and provides detailed advice on alternative approaches.  There are also a robust set of quantitative analytics useful not only to students, but also to instructors seeking insights about the learning challenges facing both individuals and classes as a whole.  These robust statistics as serve as a basis for measuring achievement and progress on the a full set of critical thinking and problem solving metrics. They also empower instructors to re-direct their focus in real-time on the areas of greatest need.  Of course, all data is confidential and available only to those designated by the customer.


Descriptions of example scenarios are provided in the section entitled "Public vs. Custom Created Problem Scenarios".

by developing essential critical & creative thinking skills

Pre-existing problem scenarios are available on our platform.  You can also create your own or have findingQED to create new ones appropriate for your needs.

Based upon widely accepted learning research, each scenario interaction generates highly descriptive automated feedback that supports deep learning and skill advancement.  Extensive quantitative metrics highlight skills achievement, areas of need, and progress over time.

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Web-based interactive problem scenarios that captivate, trigger curiosity and generate a passion for problem solving.  Our innovative framework ensures that scenarios on the findingQED platform develop and exercise users' abilities to:

  • students in middle school, high school, or college
  • professionals wanting to sharpen their capabilities
  • applying specific course or subject matter content
  • applying problem solving that relies solely upon age appropriate general knowledge
  • Observe keenly
  • Define the situation & relevant facts
  • Ask penetrating questions
  • Analyze & interpret information
  • Make connections & establish relationships
  • Derive inferences
  • Recognize patterns & create insights by applying relevant concepts
  • Uncover assumptions, biases, & constraints
  • Judge ambiguities & assess uncertainties
  • Formulate solution possibilities
  • Support solution(s) with well reasoned fact-based arguments

findingQED's powerful framework enables custom designed problem scenarios for any context, topic, and skill level, including for:

​Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

How do findingQED Problem Scenarios Work?

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