HEA Departmental Reps Meeting Leeds

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  • This is typical of questions submitted by the highest performing students Focussed on quantitative problemsolving * Amusing context * Great care and attention with diags and maths The 4 images show question solutions sketch Solution maths Comment and author’s response.
  • HEA Departmental Reps Meeting Leeds

    1. 1. What’s the problem with problem solving? Ross Galloway Simon Bates, Darren Hendrie, Judy Hardy, Karon McBride, Marsali Wallace
    2. 2. Project themes Uncovering how effective problem solving skills are acquired inside and outside the classroom Evaluating the effectiveness of specific instructional measures to improve problem solving skills 1a) Self-study group networks 1b) High-time-resolution testing 2a) Problem solving rubric 2b) Student-generated problems
    3. 3. Self-study group networks Systematically survey all students in all years on who they work with at 3 points during academic year John Smith JCMB Workshop Alice Brown Library Bob Dean Pollock Halls Charlie Parker JCMB study room
    4. 4. Self-study group networks 1 st year
    5. 5. Self-study group networks all year groups
    6. 6. <ul><li>‘ Live’ data gathering more effective than on-line for this sort of study </li></ul><ul><li>Essentially no meaningful inter-year interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Assisted Learning scheme being introduced to counter this </li></ul>Self-study group networks
    7. 7. High-time-resolution testing Structured problem, featuring 5 topics covering full length of course Give same problem to different groups of students every week for whole semester Monitor variation of ability with time and with instruction
    8. 8. High-time-resolution testing
    9. 9. High-time-resolution testing <ul><li>Simple models of ‘learning follows instruction’ do not appear to apply </li></ul><ul><li>Long term and repeated exposure appears necessary for complete acquisition of ability </li></ul>
    10. 10. Problem solving rubric Multi-component, criterion-based assessment grid Clearly describes student score in each problem area
    11. 11. Problem solving rubric
    12. 12. Problem solving rubric
    13. 13. <ul><li>Rubric appears to promote student adoption of beneficial problem solving techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Rubric makes task requirements clear to students </li></ul><ul><li>Rubric facilitates student understanding of and action on feedback </li></ul>Problem solving rubric
    14. 14. <ul><li>PeerWise: Web-based MCQ repository built by students </li></ul><ul><li>Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>develop new questions with associated explanations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>answer existing questions and rate them for quality and difficulty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>take part in discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can follow other authors </li></ul></ul>Student-generated problems
    15. 15. Student-generated problems Workshop training Live Due
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    17. 17. Student-generated problems
    18. 18. <ul><li>There is a large, untapped well of student creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Good way to engage all students, and really stretch able students </li></ul><ul><li>Appear to be positive correlations between student content generation and course performance (at least for some students) </li></ul>Student-generated problems

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