Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Problem solving consists of applying the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to effectively generate and implement ideas to address a need or challenge. A problem-solver is resilient, makes decisions, and employs creativity, flexibility, and critical thinking to deliver solutions. 

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Each core competency is divided into three levels:

  • Involved students know the indicator or the criteria for demonstrating it. They can talk about it, write about it, describe it or explain it.
  • Engaged students can perform or demonstrate the indicator or criteria; that is, they can do it.
  • Leading students are innovating, extending, transforming, showing initiative, integrating, or collaborating.

Below are indicators and examples of competency at each level.

Involved-level Competency

Involved-level Problem Solving Badge

Competency Indicators

How might someone demonstrate this competency?

  • Asks questions to identify the information available in a situation
  • Recognizes the need for innovative problem-solving strategies
  • Predicts that alternative consequences and setbacks may occur
  • Describes the value of examining similar problems that have occurred and how they were solved
  • Defines creative ideas and outside-the-box thinking

Examples

What are some specific ways this competency might be demonstrated?

  • Asks if there are composting bins on campus and where they are
  • Emails the student association to propose looking for a solution to the lack for composting on campus 
  • Talks to a friend about whether budget and convenience might be barriers  
  • Asks when and how the recycling bins on campus were implemented 
  • Calls a meeting to discuss brainstorming

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Engaged-level Competency

Engaged-level Problem Solving Badge

Competency Indicators

How might someone demonstrate this competency?

  • Summarizes the known information in a situation  
  • Analyzes problem-solving strategies for viability, feasibility, and desirability 
  • Recognizes that setbacks require resilience and can lead to growth 
  • Investigatewhat has and has not worked with similar problems in the past  
  • Explains how to generate creative ideas to solve problems individually or through collaboration 

Examples

What are some specific ways this competency might be demonstrated?

  • Collects information about composting and campus services
  • Creates an online discussion to evaluate the pros and cons of various options 
  • Tells the group that even though some ideas may not work, they may lead to better solutions 
  • Investigates composting programs at other post-secondary institutions 
  • Tells the group how to use whiteboards to collect their thoughts and ideas  

Leading-level Competency

Leading-level Problem Solving Badge

Competency Indicators

How might someone demonstrate this competency?

  • Explains available information and represents it in alternative ways
  • Implements the most viable problem-solving strategy after analyzing alternative options  
  • Responds to setbacks by creating original solutions
  • Hypothesizes a solution based on what has worked with similar challenges 
  • Generates creative ideas to solve problems individually and through collaboration 

Examples

What are some specific ways this competency might be demonstrated?

  • Uses collected data to create an infographic or other representation to explain the issue 
  • Forms a task team to implement an action plan for a pilot program 
  • Organizes a fundraiser when there is no budget for a composting program 
  • Creates a comparison of ideas in Excel and chooses which attributes to apply to the current project or idea 
  • Uses a combination of online surveys and whiteboard sessions to create ideas