CIE workshop to focus on developing students' problem-solving skills

May 6, 2011

The Center for Instructional Excellence will highlight ways to help students become informed problem solvers in a workshop on Thursday (May 12).

"Creating Informed Problem Solvers: Strategies for Developing Research and Design Projects for Your Classroom" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Potter Engineering Center, Room 263. The workshop will be presented by Michael Fosmire, associate professor of library science; Senay Purzer, assistant professor of engineering education; Monica Cardella, assistant professor of engineering education; and Ruth Wertz, graduate research assistant.

In this rapidly changing, knowledge-infused society, students need to have well-developed information literacy skills in order to solve problems. This is especially true of engineering students. In 2010, the presenters set out to discover what gaps existed in the information literacy skills of engineering students and how instructors could intervene to fill those gaps.
In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore techniques to help students become informed problem solvers. The role of information in the engineering design process will be examined, and participants will learn ways to equip their students to become independent, self-directed learners.
The workshop is based on research conducted as part of the College of Engineering’s Engineer of 2020 Seed Grant program. Although the research focused on first-year engineering students, this workshop will help anyone who teaches problem-solving techniques.
Registration is required, and lunch will be served. To register, go to A flier on the workshop is available at