An Effective Assignment for Teaching Creative Problem Solving for Online and Face-to-Face Classes
In today’s competitive work environment, the need for engineering and technology students to develop creative problem solving skills cannot be overstated. Creative thinking is required to solve the many complex and unstructured problems encountered in the workplace. Therefore, it is imperative that faculty develop assignments that can promote creative problem solving and be used with different modes of course delivery. One creative problem solving assignment the author developed for both his online and face-to-face courses, was an assignment where students were required to build a physical model on a given problem and solution. In the paper, the author described the major components of the Creative Problem Solving Assignment. The paper identified the benefits derived from using the assignment to develop creative thinking skills. In the paper, the author assessed the assignment on promoting creative problem solving skills. Also, the author provided ideas for engineering and technology faculty on how to develop assignments for both online and face-to-face course delivery. Finally, the author compared the evaluation results of the assignment between his online and face-to-face classes.