How We’re Solving Real-World Problems
By Connie Johnson, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer
When you think of one of the most valuable skills an employee can have, problem-solving should come to mind. Much of what we do in the workplace on a daily basis involves scenarios we encounter that provide the opportunity to solve problems. It stands to reason, then, that education in learning how to solve problems is key to success in the workplace.
Problem-based learning teaches students to work through complex problems using class exercises that emulate real issues encountered in the workplace. We at CTU believe this is one of the most important skills a student can gain during their studies at the university. In a number of classes, we present real-world scenarios that students work through individually and in teams. Success in problem-based learning classes doesn’t come simply by solving scenarios in the classroom, however, but additionally by working with groups of people based in different locations and resolving complex problems in a qualitative way. As they engage in these classes, CTU students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
CTU has certainly done its share of solving complex problems to the benefit of our students. It’s exciting to provide them opportunities to work as teams, in both the virtual classroom and in person, where they formulate creative, relevant solutions to apply within their particular fields of work. Leading talented, independent students who are geographically dispersed is certainly a challenge that we’re meeting.
Connie Johnson, Ed.D., is Chief Academic Officer/Provost at CTU working with both online and ground degree programs. She leads CTU Academics and Student Affairs and brings over 20 years of experience in academics. Connect with Dr. Johnson on Twitter @DrConnieJohnson.
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