"Public” problem scenarios in the findingQED cloud-based library are available to any registered user, and current customers are using these scenarios.  However, because it is so efficient to create new scenarios on the findingQED platform to address specific learning objectives, institutions and instructors will find it compelling to create and customize their own.

findingQED’s web-based scenario creation tool requires only that the scenario author understand the problem scenario they wish to create and know how to use an internet browser.   Each scenario author can modulate the scenario's level of difficulty as appropriate for the age and domain expertise of the intended users by the nature of the problem scenario and other parameters such as the quantity and nature of red herring distractors. 

Co-Create with findingQED
findingQED often jointly creates problem scenarios with institutions or partners where that is desired. Please contact us to discuss the opportunities and advantages of co-creating custom problem scenarios.

Example Problem Scenarios
Existing problem scenarios in the findingQED library vary widely. Illustrative examples:

"General Knowledge" Problem Scenario
Determining who was responsible for a boat floating adrift in the middle of a lake with no one on board.  Several possible culprits and a set of facts enabling the formation of hypotheses and conclusions about each potential culprit.  The situation includes red herring distractors.  Conclusions are supportable with well reasoned fact based arguments.  3 total scenes, including: 2 video scenes and 1 PDF with some relevant facts.

Biology / Health Sciences Problem Scenario
Determining which diet is the most effective for reducing heart disease risk, given a robust set of facts and data generated by a systematic study (including red herring distractors).  Conclusions are supportable with well reasoned fact based arguments.  10 total scenes including: 1 video interview, 4 graphs and charts, 2 summaries of the diet study, 1 review on interpreting statistical results, 1 summary outlining the diets, and 1 summary of heart disease mechanics and symptoms.

Business Problem Scenario
Determining the best location or locations for manufacturing electric motorcycles, given a broad set of facts pertaining to manufacturing costs, customer preferences, and geopolitical concerns, (including red herring distractors).  Conclusions are supportable with well reasoned fact based arguments.  19 total scenes including: 3 interview videos, 8 graphs and charts, 2 maps, 2 history notes, 1 product backgrounder, 1 audio interview, 1 ceo memo, and 1 PDF review on making certain financial calculations.

Standardized Test Questions
These enable learners to not only practice math, reading, and science standardized test questions, but much more importantly, they empower students develop, exercise and receive important feedback about the essential and necessary critical thinking and problem solving skills.  By having students construct explicit arguments supporting their answer to each question, they learn how to:

  • break the problem down,
  • into readily observed facts and creatively derived inferences,
  • and connect what is relevant in an explicit logical sequence,
  • that forms a well-reasoned response to the question.


While each question is similar to what would appear on a standardized test, the argument construction and resulting automated feedback provided by the Argue Pad™ adds a unique, rich, and valuable learning opportunity.

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