ENG-643 / 2 crédits

Enseignant(s): Deparis Simone, Isaac Siara Ruth, Eigenbrot Ilya Vladimirovich

Langue: Anglais

Remark: Teaching assistants in First Year courses are the intended audience for this course - please contact the instructors if you are not currently involved in such a course. Fall & Spring sem.


Frequency

Every year

Summary

Problem solving is a core engineering skill. This course explores relevant heuristics, epistemologies, metacognitive skills and evidence-informed teaching strategies for developing problem solving skills that transfer from paper-based exercises to complex, real world engineering situations.

Content

Keywords

problem solving, teaching, first year, learning sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Describe Polya's problem solving method and explain how problem solving heuristics shape how we approach problems
  • Analyze characteristics of different problem solving situations (routine problems, ill-structured problems, etc.) and relevant types of practice (deliberate practice, spaced practice, etc.)
  • Develop teaching interventions that align with current understanding of how we learn (cognitive and social)
  • Formulate questions and feedback to guide students to develop robust, autonomous problem solving and meta cognitive strategies
  • Create opportunities to support students' metacognition, ability to manage uncertainty and epistemic cognition to support their problem solving skills
  • Facilitate interactive sessions with students or student assistants, employing instructional strategies that foster a climate conducive to learning

Transversal skills

  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Take responsibility for health and safety of self and others in a working context.
  • Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.

Expected student activities

Course activities - apply, discuss and get feedback on evidence-informed strategies for teaching problem solving

  • Teaching Toolkit for EXERCISES workshop (6h; before the start of the semester): An interactive opportunity for participants to practice teaching with questions and process-oriented feedback to support students'€™ problem solving activities.
  • Toolkit2 workshop (3h; week 0/1 ): Participants practice demonstrating Polya'€™s 4-step problem solving method and explore strategies for promoting interactivity and engagement during the workshops for student assistants.
  • Workshops for student assistants (5h; during the semester): Participants will co-facilitate (week 1/2) and facilitate (week 5/6 or 9/10) workshops for current student assistants around supporting student learning and problem solving during exercise sessions. Participants will receive feedback from students and from course instructors.

Main course resources - introduction to the learning science research underpinning current understanding of how people learn

Assessment methods

20% intermediate written reports (week 3; week 7 or 11) 
80% final report (week 17)

Resources

Bibliography

Additional resources

  • Hanstedt, P. (2018). Creating wicked students: Designing courses for a complex world. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Polya, G. (2004). How to solve it: A new aspect of mathematical method (No. 246). Princeton University press.
  • Kober, N. (2015). Reaching Students: What Research Says about Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
  • Wakeford, Richard (2003) Principles of student assessment in Fry et al. (eds.) A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education, enhancing academic practice, 2nd edition.
  • Nilson, L. B. (2010) Teaching at its best: a research-based resource for college instructors. Hoboken, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Crawley, Edward et al. (2014) Rethinking engineering education, the CDIO approach, 2nd edition
  • Entwistle, N (2009) Teaching for understanding at university, deep approaches and distinctive ways of thinking. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ressources en bibliothèque

Dans les plans d'études

  • Forme de l'examen: Rapport de TP (session libre)
  • Matière examinée: Teaching problem solving
  • Cours: 10 Heure(s)
  • Exercices: 10 Heure(s)
  • TP: 20 Heure(s)

Semaine de référence