Online Learning Update

April 23, 2011

Creative, online learning tool helps students tackle real-world problems

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Eureka Alert

Solving problems for clients in any field usually requires gathering information and creative thinking that leads to practical and inventive solutions. A new computer interface developed at Iowa State University is helping students use what they’ve learned in the horticulture classroom and apply it to problems they’ll face when they are on the job site. The project, called ThinkSpace, is led by a group of ISU faculty including Ann Marie VanDerZanden, professor of horticulture and associate director of ISU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. ThinkSpace has many different features that make it an effective way to teach using ill-structured problems. This type of problem allows students to choose from multiple paths to arrive at a solution.

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