Currently, findingQED is working in partnership with Lone Star College in Houston Texas to create a course for developing STEM critical thinking and problem solving skills for underserved youth who are preparing for college.
With 99,000 students, Lone Star is one of the largest two-year college systems in the U.S., and has campuses located in areas with a high proportion of underserved students. This innovative STEM critical thinking and problem skills program has the strong support of the Lone Star System Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, and is a model for a subsequent national scale-up.
Prior to working with Lone Star College on the above initiative, findingQED completed its Beta rollout where over 800 students used the platform for four semesters at 2 year and 4 year colleges, for science, business, and general knowledge applications. Problem scenarios were co-developed with instructors.
The problem scenarios were typically provided in a series which were used for individual or group homework, class discussion material, in-class problem solving, supplemental skill enhancement, or purely for assessment.
Instructors are enthusiastic about the ability of these cases to captivate and motivate students, trigger curiosity, develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, properly apply targeted subject matter, empower independent learning, generate productive group discussions, and provide both instructors and students with powerful descriptive feedback and assessment metrics.
Instructors have found it useful to include both "general knowledge" problem scenarios along with those that incorporate domain content. This enables learners to scaffold their critical thinking and problem solving skills independently of demonstrating knowledge competence.