16 questions to assist college students brainstorm

from Terry Heik

We wrote about it Demand based learning in the past, as well as his mother project based learningand its more complex cousin independent learning.

Therefore, it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning – the process of anchoring the learning process through problems – usually local, authentic and personal to the student. This is a type of place-based education that takes a project-based approach, beginning and ending with the student and their respective and self-assessed citizenship.

More on this idea shortly. First the stages and questions.

See also Types of project-based learning

16 questions to help students brainstorm problem-based learning

Step 1: Connect and analyze


1. What am I a part of? What is important to me?

2. What problems are there that I can treat as opportunities?

3. What can I see well, what am I blind to? How does my own perspective affect what I see?

4. What “parts” of the world would benefit most from my creativity, affection, and continued effort?

Step 2: Research and contextualize


5. How can I separate causes from effects?

6. What is the history of this problem?

7. Why have previous efforts to resolve the issue failed?

8. At what scale should I address this issue to do my best work?

Step 3: Imagine and design

9. What is possible? What would have the greatest impact? What would endure?

10. What am I particularly suitable for? How can technology amplify my potential?

11. Who can I work with to improve response?

12. What absolutely has to happen for this to work?

Step 4: Act and socialize


13. What is the most sensible action I can take in response to this?

14. Who is my primary audience? What is the best way to contact them?

15. How can I best package my work in a way that others will understand and be touched by?

16. How do I know if what I’m doing is working?

16 questions to encourage problem-based learning

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