2019-2020 Problem-Solving Course Design Institute
Problem solving is a skill you develop over time, but how do you teach it in a semester? The Problem-Solving Course Design Institute (PSCDI) is an opportunity for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate student teams to (re)design assignments that engage students in the problem-solving process. Instructors will be able to apply evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, reflect on their own problem-solving process and how to effectively communicate those skills to students. PSCDI is a cohort-based model, so instructors will have an opportunity to share their insights with colleagues in a supportive environment and synthesize new ways to approach teaching the problem-solving process. Faculty participants may choose to co-design their course with a graduate or undergraduate student, or an undergraduate problem-solving fellow.
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.
- May 1, 2019: Applications due
- May 2019: Reception for 2018-2019 cohort (recommended)
- June 13-14, 2019: Intensive two-day Institute
- Fall 2019-Spring 2020: Participant course offered; formative feedback collected
- May 2020: Reception for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 cohorts
- Participation in the Problem-Solving Course Design Institute: June 13-14, 2019 10:00am-4:00pm
- Participation in individual consultations with Sheridan Center staff
- Instruction of a course that features at least two (2) redesigned assignments during the 2019-2020 academic year
- Collection of formative feedback from students
- Participation in the Spring 2020 reception
- Participation in the assessment components of the program
- Upon successful completion of the two-day institute, faculty participants will receive a $2,000 grant to use for course development costs
Space is limited. Please apply by May 1, 2019. Participants will be selected from a range of disciplines.
For more information, contact Sheridan_Center@Brown.edu.
Problem-Solving Course Design Institute Faculty Participants
- Jose Conde Alonso, Mathematics, MATH 1610: Probability
- David Lindstrom, Sociology, SOC 1281: Migration in the Americas
- Maria Nastasescu, Mathematics, MATH 1560: Number Theory
- Sharon Swartz, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, BIOL 0400: Biological Design: Structural Architecture and Organisms
- James Valles, Jr., Physics, PHYS 0070: Analytical Mechanics