Developing Real-world Assignments and Problem-solving Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Pre-Conference Workshop
Tuesday March 17, 2015 2:00pm
Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm

One assumption impeding college success among historically underrepresented populations is that all these students need remediation to attain excellence.  Yet, they bring skills and mindsets that enable them to produce high-caliber work on assignments with real-world relevance. Emerging learning science research suggests ways to capitalize on these strengths while also bridging knowledge/skill gaps. One advantage of these approaches is that all students have the opportunity for deeper learning and developing competencies necessary for success. Participants will learn how to use problem-solving approaches to accomplish these goals; design assignments for specific teaching contexts that model real-world problem solving; and develop conventional assessment tools.

Hazel Symonette
Program Development and Assessment Specialist
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Betsy Yarrison
Assistant Professor, School of Communication Design
University of Baltimore