Coached Problem Solving

Coached Problem Solving Overview

In Coached Problem Solving, small groups of students work on solving a problem by applying concepts just taught.  The instructor facilitates, monitoring group progress and offering just-in-time coaching at each stage of the problem solving process. 

Embedded within a class, coached problem solving sessions are short, informal, and ungraded.  Actively involving students in their own learning, such sessions are designed to develop and deepen students’ understanding and application of content just taught.  As coach, instructors encourage students, help with problem solving strategies, and clear up misconceptions.  They can informally assess individual and group understanding, and adapt instruction to enhance learning before moving on to new material.

The value of coaching is not limited to in-class problem solving.  Many team-based project courses rely on the guidance of team coaches who advise throughout a project.  Peer coaches also can be effective in helping each other to solve problems.  Early research on automating coaching gave impetus to development of more recent AI applications in teaching and assessment. 

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