Custom vs Existing Problem Scenarios


"Existing” 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 on the findingQED platform to create new scenarios that 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 findingQED to discuss the opportunities and advantages of co-creating custom problem scenarios.

Example Problem Scenarios

Existing problem scenarios in the findingQED library vary widely.  Here are a few illustrative examples:

General Knowledge 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.

General Knowledge Scenario with hints of Civil Engineering & Meteorology 

Mayor needs help deciding whether or not to issue an order to evacuate her town given that the town is immediately downstream of a very large reservoir supported by an earthen dam. The reservoir is nearly at capacity and the area is facing a weather forecast of 3 more weeks of intense rain. There is some risk that the dam will fail if the level of the reservoir tops the dam. The level of analysis and argument construction for this "general knowledge" version is geared for first year college students with the intent to introduce them to elements of engineering and meteorology, but the presented data, required analysis, and argument construction could easily be configured easier for middle school or more challenging for engineering or meteorology graduate school. 12 total scenes, including 1 informative and engaging video as well as 3 scenes with different important graphs and charts. Remaining scenes are photographs.  The mayor is asking for a well-reasoned fact-based argument to support the decision you are recommending.

Biology / Health Sciences 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 Manufacturing 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 specific 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.

Bottom Line on Scenarios

findingQED's innovative framework enables a nearly infinite range of contexts, topics, stories, and problems.  The only requirement for a problem scenario in our innovative framework is that there be at least one question that can be explicitly argued with at least one point of view, and where each point of view must be supported by facts and reasoning.

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