This full research-to-practice paper is a collaboration between researchers and instructors to examine the scaffolding of open-ended problems. Most assigned homework problems are closed-ended with one correct answer and are unlike the ill-defined problems practicing engineers solve in the workplace. To begin bridging this gap, our research team of engineering education researchers and instructors have been designing and implementing ill-defined, open-ended homework problems for the past three years. This study presents instructor reflections on considerations for scaffolding open-ended problems, made after examining survey data from their own students. We present the results in six practices of scaffolding that better support students in their solving of the problems.
Swenson, J., Rola, M., Johnson, A., Treadway, E., Nitingale, A., Koushyar, H., Lee, J. W., & Wingate, K. (2021). Consideration for scaffolding open-ended engineering problems: Instructor reflections after three years. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. http://doi.org/10.1109/FIE49875.2021.9637392
Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE