Checkpoint: Individual Problem Analysis Statement and Research

As in the Course Schedule, you have a group project checkpoint (ungraded, but I’ll be looking at your blogs for evidence of progress…) for Feb. 5 for which I’ve asked each member to publish a new post to their group’s blog:

  • Name of Post: Individual Problem Analysis Statement and Research
  • Tags: stem110t, problem analysis, (and a few more that describe what you found)
  • Category: Whatever you’re using to organize your group project posts
  • Content of Post: Provide the title and a working hyperlink to all sources you located. Include a short 2-3 sentence explanation of the source and why you think it is helpful to the group.
What I’m asking for is for each group member — on their own — to locate at least two (but as many as you want from there) credible sources (scholarly articles, news, magazines, books, TED, etc.) to help you better understand the group’s problem statement as it is now written.The challenge with this is to learn more about what’s already out there and where your group can find a niche for your unique idea. Essentially, you individually and collectively as a group want to b


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ecome experts in your area.

So, for example if your idea relates to transportation, you’d want to find everything you can that’s being done to innovate in transportation relative to how you understand your group’s problem statement. Have other people already come up with similar ideas? If so, you need to know.

Putting the ‘A’ in ADDIE

Recall the slides from Lecture 1: Technology and Problem Solving in which we discussed the ADDIE process to problem solving. What you are doing now is the ‘A’ in ADDIE…
Analyze: Analyze the problem by identifying, researching, and clarifying the exact nature of the problem.

What next?

After locating your sources your group should review each other’s links then discuss your problem statement. For this, I’ve added some more detail about ADDIE in this series of slides, Lecture 1a: More on Problem Solving and Design (ODU Google login req’d). Definitely check these out for more about the process, especially analyzing your problem. You’ll use your sources to help refine your problem statement and to make sure that all of you are on the same page when it comes to understanding exactly how you’re focusing your problem. The better you do this now, the easier time you’ll have coming up with a solution later.

I will be checking in with all the groups on progress. After Feb. 5, I’ll expect that all groups have a solid, working understanding on the problem you are tackling. Remember to take a close look at the Lecture 1a slides for some of the questions that you can be asking yourselves at this phase of the ADDIE process. I’ll be asking you the same questions.


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