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Flag Events & Workshops

Every semester, the Center for the Skills & Experience Flags hosts a series of faculty events to promote discussion and collaboration with flag instructors from different disciplines around UT Austin. If there are discussion topics you would like to see us address at future events, please contact our office via email or call 512-471-5949.

Upcoming Events

“Messy” Problems
Quantitative Reasoning Flag Lunch Workshop
Led by Dr. Jesse Miller, Mathematics
Friday, Oct. 27, 12-2 p.m., CMA 3.114

Open-ended, “messy” problems can get students to think more deeply, moving beyond memorization of equations and recall to understanding, synthesis, and application. How students answer “messy” problems can tell us more about how they are thinking and what they don’t understand than more traditional problems do. They can help students develop teamwork skills and improve their ability to communicate complex ideas. But they can also make students frustrated, to the point of giving up. They can be difficult to write well, and seem impossible to grade. In this two-hour lunch workshop, learn more about the value of “messy” problems, tips on writing good ones, how you can use and grade them, and how to address common challenges. During the second half of the workshop, participants will work on writing their own problems and offer peer feedback. Lunch will be served.

This workshop is open to anyone teaching or interested in teaching quantitative reasoning skills. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP here.