Problem Solving Course Design Institute

One component of the Brown Learning Collaborative promotes excellence in developing problem solving skills. The Problem-Solving Course Design Institute (PSCDI) is an opportunity for quantitative Social Science and STEM instructors (faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students) to learn how to modify and scaffold quantitative problems that align with their course goals.

There are two components to PSCDI: two lunch sessions offered on alternating dates and an intensive institute. The lunch sessions will explore the purposes of problem solving in our pedagogy and how we incorporate problems into course design. After attending both lunch sessions, faculty participants can apply for a 1-day intensive institute in May 2018 and receive a $2,000 stipend to subsequently implement their ideas during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The dates involved are:

  • Lunch Session 1 (please attend one): Tuesday, March 13, or Thursday, March 15 from 12 noon-1pm
  • Lunch Session 2 (please attend one): Tuesday, April 10, or Thursday, April 19, from 12 noon-1pm
  • Institute (application required): Tuesday, May 22, from 10am-4pm

PSCDI is the instructor complement of UNIV 1110: Theory and Practice of Problem Solving. STEM undergraduate teaching assistants who take this course will become Problem Solving Fellows who will have the skills necessary for effective problem-solving, engaging in diverse learning spaces, and reflective learning and teaching practices.

For more information, please register

Participating Faculty, 2018-2019:

  • David Lindstrom, Sociology, SOC 1281: Migration in the Americas
  • James Valles, Jr., Physics, PHYS 0070: Analytical Mechanics
  • Sharon Swartz, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, BIOL 0400: Biological Design: Structural Architecture and Organisms
  • Jose Conde Alonso, Mathematics, MATH 1610: Probability
  • Maria Nastasescu, mathematics, MATH 1560: Number Theory