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“A Poem has a Life before it Gets into my Anthology?”Where does the poem you read in an anthology originate? Is the copy in your anthology a good copy of that original?McKenna, BernardEnglish1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
A Bad Day for Sandy DaytonDesigned to help non-science majors understand forces, motion, and mechanical energy while reconstructing a rear-end auto accident that occurs outside their classroom building.Duch, BarbaraPhysics and Astronomy6+ HoursIntermediate (majors)
A Case for ClassicsThe problem evokes an exploration of texts, which requires students to explore and discuss the texts within a collaborative framework in an effort to uncover how they are a product of setting and society at a certain point in history yet represent elements which make them valuable in contemporary times.Rita KumarEnglish6+ Hoursintermediate (non-majors)
A Day in the Life of a World-Wide InternThere is a major crisis in the Force, and your students have now been called into active duty to serve as interns in the World-Wide Legislation.Nicole VadinoSociology3-6 hoursIntroductory
A Day in the Life of John Henry, Traffic CopThis problem introduces students to conservation of momentum while working through a two-dimensional automobile accident.Barbara DuchPhysics and Astronomy6+ HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
A Letter from DaltonIn this problem students must analyze mass data to test a hypothesis proposed by Dalton as a consequence of his postulates concerning the atomic nature of matter.Susan GrohChemistry1 Hour or LessIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
A Missed DiagnosisStudents are asked to explain why the family physician made an incorrect initial diagnosis, as well as present a theory regarding a correct diagnosis.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
A Pain in the BellyThis problem aids students in the development of their three-dimensional understanding of abdominal anatomy, with particular emphasis paid to the peritoneum and G.I. vascular supply.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Alleviating the AIDS Crisis in South AfricaThis problem examines some of the implications of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa and the possible approaches to alleviating it.Gretchen BauerPolitical Science1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
An Electric IdeaIn this problem, students learn to describe the processes occurring in a classic metal displacement type redox reaction, differentiate between spontaneous and nonspontaneous redox processes, differentiate between voltaic and electrolytic cells, and predict voltages for electrochemical cells.Ruth LawrieChemistry and Biochemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (high school or college)
An Experiment in Using Plants to Get the Lead outIn this two-part problem students are given a brief case study to read about how phytoremediation had been successfully used to remove lead from soil at a former manufacturing site.Michelle HomanEnvironmental Science, Research Design3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
An Unwanted SouvenirStudents are asked to develop a hypothesis as to a diagnosis of Ralph’s condition as well as answer anatomically-related and microbiology-related questions.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Are You Sure I’ve Seen You Before?Students are asked to correctly diagnose the patient and answer several related questions about the patient.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Athletics ProblemStudents are asked to look at demographic data, height, and weight to determine if any relationship exists between the event athletes do and their demographic dataScott ChamberlinStatistics1-3 HoursIntroductory (middle grade, gifted students)
Blankley Corporation: Pension Accountinglearn how to amortize prior service costs, how to calculate the minimum liability, and when to amortize unexpected gains and losses in the later phases.Philip CottellAccounting3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
Carbohydrate MythologyStudents will examine the role of carbohydrates in the diet, micronutrients associated with carbohydrate food sources, and issues surrounding weight loss.Lindsay Benoit Nutrition and Dietetics3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
Cebu and Woodard Leases – A PBL Unfolding ProblemStudents will be able to understand and perform the technical aspects of accounting for leases.Philip CottellAccounting3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
Challenges to Sustainability in the Developing WorldThis problem examines the challenges of achieving sustainable development in a world of unintended consequences…Joshua DukeEnvironmental Science1-3 HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Cholera and the Science of MedicineStudents explore the essential nature of science processes of evidence, explanation, prediction, experimentation, and communication and how they are used by scientists.Richard DonhamScience Education3-6 hoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Choosing a Teaching Text: James Joyce’s UlyssesA major challenge for an instructor involves choosing the best available critical edition of a text for a class.Bernard McKennaEnglish6+ HoursAdvanced (majors)
Choosing Books to Support Elementary Girls’ Science LearningStudents prepare a grant proposal to obtain trade books for elementary science curricula that will support girls’ science learning.Danielle FordEducation3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
Cognitive Neuroscience Case CreationThis “build a case” problem provides students with the opportunity to create their own case study from the ground up.Antoinette MillerPsychology6+ HoursAdvanced (majors)
Collaborating to Determine and Meet Student NeedsThis provides teacher candidates the opportunity to collaborate as they analyze and evaluate data and information.Carol HoyleEducation6+ HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Crossed CircuitsTwo roommates argue about each other’s use of energy. Which roommate should pay a utility premium? How much extra?George WatsonPhysics and Astronomy1 Hour or LessIntroductory (non-majors)
Daddy, Help! I Can’t Get out of the Pool!Students are walked through a two-part PBL exercise that investigates problems that may occur during bone development in an overweight, but normally active pre-pubescent girl.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Dawn Treader Industries: Long-Term Construction ContractsStudents will be required to make choices when they encounter a cancelled contract in Phase 6 of the problem.Philip CottellAccounting1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Dawn’s Eight O’clockThis short text case with accompanying video vignette illustrates the importance of regular, on-time attendance in PBL courses…Harold WhiteProblem-based Learning1 Hour or LessIntroductory (workshop participants)
Deflating GradyThis six-stage problem for a faculty development workshop, introduces faculty to PBL and employs a variety of pedagogical strategies.Harold WhiteFaculty Development3-6 hoursIntroductory (workshop participants)
DNA for DinnerThe use of bioengineered food in quick service restaurants is controversial.Elizabeth LieuxBiological Sciences, Biotechnology, Faculty Development, Multidisciplinary, Nutrition3-6 hoursIntroductory (variety of audiences)
Doc, is it my heart?Student is asked to make a diagnosis of the patient’s condition…Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Does Anyone Know What’s Wrong with Me?The students are walked through a two-part problem that investigates the anatomy of the knee joint and the results of an injury to one or more structures within that joint.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Emotion and Memory: Bright Lights through Thick FogThe problem specifically asks students to participate in data gathering and analysis…Ruth BenanderPsychology3-6 hoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Examining & Practicing Genre & Rhetoric: Problem OneStudents research similar documents as sources for their own and reference these sources in written arguments.Claudia SkutarComposition and Rhetoric6+ Hoursintermediate (non-majors)
Examining & Practicing Genre & Rhetoric: Problem Three -EconomicProblem 3 encourages students to think about how they can use the content of their major to solve global problems.Brenda RefaeiComposition and Rhetoric6+ Hoursintermediate (non-majors)
Examining & Practicing Genre & Rhetoric: Problem TwoThe problem encourages students to find sources, evaluate and analyze them as they construct their arguments in defense of a right.Rita KumarComposition and Rhetoric6+ Hoursintermediate (non-majors)
Externalities and Managing a Common Property ResourceThis problem uses externalities produced by four firms in a common property setting to demonstrate the suboptimal result with simple numbers…Joshua DukeFood and Resource Economics1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Failed SconesStudents must explore bakeshop principles, recognize ingredients and their uses, understand the function(s) of chemical leavening agents, familiarize themselves with mixing methods and the baking process, and distinguish between quick bread mixing techniques.Sandra GrossNutrition and Dietetics1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Female Circumcision: The Flight of KasingaThis problem explores the types of female circumcision, reasons why it is done, and if/how it should be stopped.Karen WebberPsychology, Women’s Studies1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Fifty Miles for My Fiftieth BirthdayThis PBL problem introduces students to exercise- induced skeletal muscle pathophysiology and the resulting disturbances in homeostasis.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Fire ChickenStudents then follow Mr. Choi through a subsequent clinical visit and are asked to theorize as to the patient’s diagnosis and answer several anatomically related questions.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Friend, Can You Spare a Kidney for Our Son Levon?The issue of the shortage of transplantable kidneys is of growing significance and concern worldwide.Bieker, RichardEconomics6+ HoursIntroductory (majors)
Gearding Construction Company: Accounting for Derivatives…how to account for interest rate swaps under both hedge accounting and no-hedge accounting conditions.Philip CottellAccounting1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Granny’s HipThe students are walked through a 2-part problem that investigates the anatomy of the hip joint complex, the vasculature of the femur, and possible surgical interventions for repair of a fractured or dislocated hip.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Green’s Invasive Plant DilemmaStudent learning objectives include gaining an awareness of the problem of invasive plantsSusan BartonPlant and Soil Sciences3-6 hoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Guide MapHow do you make a map useful to a blind person?Allen PriceGeography1-3 HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Harry Potter and the WalkaboutThis staged-assignment problem is designed make students familiar with some of the academic, cultural, and extracurricular activities and events on their campus.Dorry RossEnglish6+ HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Harvest Time DangerThe students are walked through a two-part problem that investigates the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper appendage, as well as the anatomy of the brachial plexus and the sensory innervation of the upper appendage.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences6+ HoursAdvanced (majors)
Homecoming SurpriseThis problem enables students to examine the results of soft-tissue injuries stemming from hyperflexion of the vertebral column as a result of an improper football tackle.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Hosting an Exchange StudentStudents will imagine that an exchange student from a Spanish-speaking country is coming to stay with the student’s family for a few weeks as part of a cultural exchange program.Joseph FeesForeign Languages3-6 hoursAny
How Will I Know if My Students Learned What They’re Supposed to?In this problem designed for teacher education majors, students evaluate science curricula…McKenna, BernardEducation6+ HoursIntermediate (majors)
I Gotta Get These Cross Countries Done!The purpose of this Problem Based Learning exercise is to deepen the participants’ understanding of the weather and aeronautical decision-making.Saul RobinsonAviation Science1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Internet-Certified GeniusIn this problem, this widespread interest in IQ scores is used to engage students in learning and communicating about the properties of the normal distribution.Christie KarpiakPsychology1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
Is My Pitching Career Over?The students are asked to (a) diagnose Tom’s problem and (b) address how the problem will affect the kinesiology of Tom’s shoulder joint.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Is This Normal for Someone My Age?Students are expected to arrive at a diagnosis as well as develop a three-dimensional understanding of the anatomy and relationships of the uterus, vagina, sigmoid colon, bladder, urethra and rectum.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
It Must Be a Bad Year for My AllergiesThe students follow Bob through a second clinical visit and are asked to develop hypotheses about his clinical condition as well as answer several anatomically related questions.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Jenna’s Wish for Breast Implants…discussing the advantages and disadvantages of breast implants…Karen WebberPsychology, Women’s Studies1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Job, Jobs, Jobs and Tax CutsAssessment of the student’s learning requires the student submit a paper supporting his/her decision on the effectiveness of the policies and his/her concurrence with the forecast.Terry LongEconomics1-3 HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Kids, Chemicals, and Cancer…students learn about the biology of cancer and its connection to DNA structure and function…Deborah AllenEnvironmental Science3-6 hoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Mixing Carefully: “Scientific” Jello Preparation…to involve students with diverse interests in exploring the scientific method in a ‘practical’ laboratory setting…Marco FornariPhysics and Astronomy6+ HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
My Aching BackThe problem then follows Frank as the pain reappears, and he is evaluated by his family physician and an orthopedic surgeon.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
National Film Preservation ProblemThis real-world problem puts students in the position of making their own judgments about film and connecting those judgments to a visible purpose.Bryan JohnsonEnglish3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Ohio Energy Company: Accounting for Joint Ventures…students will understand how to account for and reconcile differences in outside basis and inside basis.Philip CottellAccounting1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Organic MysteryIn this problem, students learn to identify functional groups in organic molecules, learn to represent organic molecules using condensed and bond-line structures, learn to distinguish between types of organic reactions, learn to relate physical and chemical properties to structure.Ruth LawrieChemistry and Biochemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
Out of ControlThe population of Lesser Snow Geese is growing exponentially in the US and Canada.Linda DionBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntroductory (majors)
Painting the BluesThe synthesis and composition of several blue pigments provide a context for exploring key ideas in stoichiometric calculations.Susan GrohChemistry1 Hour or LessIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Partnership Formation: Urban Decay…students to submit a paper based upon their research to support their conclusions and through peer evaluations.Susanne NinassiBusiness Administration1-3 HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Pass the Buffer-inA student needing to prepare a pH 7.5 buffer must decide whether an unlabeled recipe will do the job.Susan GrohChemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Please Don’t Tell My ParentsThe problem asks students to make a diagnosis, while learning three-dimensional anatomical relationships.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Protecting/Stealing the Trillion-Dollar BillThis problem encourages students to investigate sensor integration as part of a mechatronics course in mechanical engineering.James MynderseMechanical Engineering6+ HoursAdvanced (majors)
Responding to Economic Crisis in AfricaThis problem deals with the economic crisis currently plaguing many countries in Africa.Gretchen BauerPolitical Science6+ HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Rice-a-Roni: A San Franciso TreatStudents design the electric wiring portion of a home remodeling project.George WatsonPhysics and Astronomy1-3 HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Riverside’s Dilemma…students encounter concepts in acid-base chemistry – e.g., weak and strong acids and bases, neutralization reactions, and related equilibrium calculations.Susan GrohChemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Roots: Exploring our Distant AncestryThis problem/activity challenges students to provide structured arguments and evidence for their belief-based conclusions on either side of the creation-evolution issue.Harold WhiteBiological Sciences1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
Saving for a Rainy Day…students must deal with concepts of heat and energy transfer, heat capacities, phase transitions and related enthalpy changes.Susan GrohChemistry1 Hour or LessIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Share and Share AlikeThe problem employs written, oral and visual communication and requires the faculty to conduct individual research and work effectively as a team member.Susan GrohFaculty Development3-6 hoursIntroductory
Simple Staged Problem for Introduction of PBL ProcessThis problem begins with a conversation between two individuals regarding international travel, staged to guide the participants to consider concerns associated with solo travel to another country.George WatsonFaculty Development1 Hour or LessIntroductory (professors and teachers)
Solving Economic Underdevelopment in the Third WorldYou have been elected to office because you promised to solve once and for all the problem of underdevelopment in your country. Now is time to show the plan.Julio CarrionPolitical Science6+ HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Something Is Horribly Wrong, Doc, – Embarrassed to Talk About ItThe student is asked to diagnose Brian and to answer a series of questions related to Brian’s problems and associated structures of the central nervous system.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Spring Break: A Lesson in CircuitsThis case, taught in a problem-based learning format, introduces students to the topics of electricity and circuits within the context of house wiring.Barbara DuchPhysics and Astronomy6+ HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Stormy WeatherWhere will it rain? Where will it clear up? And what will the weather be like where you are?Allen PriceGeography1-3 HoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Street FightStudents are asked to diagnose Rick’s medical condition.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Student Affairs Identity CrisisThrough a full semester examination of multiple problems and issues facing the student affairs profession, students will work in teams to develop their own vision and strategic plan for the entire profession.James TweedyEducation3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Taste SensationsStudents become part of a business that prepares and sells flavored vinegars, infused oils, flavored pestos, and other natural and healthful food items.Sandra GrossNutrition and Dietetics1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Teaching Exceptional AdolescentsStudents in this course worked through a series of problem-based learning exercises…Laura EisenmanEducation6+ HoursIntroductory (majors)
Teetering on the Brink of Extinction? (Or Is It Too Late?)…students are introduced to molecular genetics as a tool for making decisions relevant to a population…Richard DonhamBiological Sciences3-6 hoursIntroductory (non-majors)
Terror in the Toilet Bowl…provides students with an opportunity (1) to learn how to derive the rate law of a mechanism from initial rate and concentration data, and (2) to learn what sort of information might be obtained from plotting concentration vs. time data from a kinetic experiment.Susan GrohChemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
The BrominatorIn this problem, students: learn to predict formulas for the products of “metal + nonmetal” reactions…Susan GrohChemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (science majors)
The Carlsons’ Dilemma…students will be able to learn about capital budgeting concepts in a typical first course in Financial Management.Canchepuram NarayanaswamyFinance1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
The Complaining HusbandAs the students progress through the problem they will be confronted with issues dealing with the pyramidal and extrapyramidal motor systems, as well as the long ascending sensory spinal tracts.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
The Complaining Postal CarrierThe problem is designed to aid the students in the development of a three-dimensional understanding of the vasculature of the upper appendage.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
The Disgruntled Baseball FanThis problem provides an engaging introduction to descriptive statistics for students in the social and behavioral sciences…Christie KarpiakPsychology3-6 hoursIntroductory (majors)
The Fastest Man in the WorldThis problem introduces students to speed and acceleration.Barbara DuchPhysics and Astronomy3-6 hoursIntroductory (non-majors)
The First Thanksgiving…students explore food laws and standards relating to the purchase of high quality poultry…Carolyn ManningNutrition and Dietetics1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
The Good LifeThis two- to four-week problem asks students to consider the hypothesis that “money makes people happy.”Beth MorlingPsychology3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
The Restless Baby…student develop a three-dimensional understanding of the anatomy of the pleural cavities by investigating the signs and symptoms of an eight-month-old infant with pleurisy.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
The Road to Rockingham…helps students understand the anatomy of the neck by investigating possible injuries that could result from a high-speed automobile accident.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences6+ HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
The Sweet SpotStudents use two-dimensional kinematics to estimate reaction times for pitchers, distance ranges, and trajectories of baseballs.Edmund NowakPhysics and Astronomy3-6 hoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
The Woozy SmokerStudents are given the results of a series of physical examinations and laboratory tests and are asked to diagnose the patient…Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessAdvanced (majors)
To Lease or to Buy?The problem focuses on whether leasing or buying an asset is less expensive.Canchepuram NarayanaswamyFinance1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
To Resuscitate or Not to Resuscitate?Several rules and documents have been put into place to help ensure the patient’s wishes are carried out. This case is an example of how the different wishes of the patient and healthcare practitioner can come into conflict.Polich, SusanMedical Education1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
Tracy Lynn’s “Yellow Banana”Students learn about conservation of momentum in working through this problem.Barbara DuchPhysics and Astronomy3-6 hoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Ubbes Company: Earnings Per Share…students will have learned the complexities of computing and reporting the earnings per share ratio.Philip CottellAccounting1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Uff Da–Why Does This Hurt, Doc?Students are asked to develop a diagnosis…Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
Vance Corporation: Cash Flow Statement…students will be able to prepare a comprehensive cash flow statement using both the direct and indirect methods.Philip CottellAccounting3-6 hoursIntermediate (majors)
Vehicle Fatalities in Delaware…group-based activity explores policy-relevant information on vehicle fatalities in the state of Delaware.Andrea SarzynskiPublic Policy1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Watson Enterprises: Accounting for Marketable Equity Securities…problem designed to engage the students with the topic of accounting for a portfolio of equity securities under FASB 115.Philip CottellAccounting1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
What a Drag!Students explore the effects of air resistance on the path of a baseball.Edmund NowakPhysics and Astronomy1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors)
What Did You Say, Doc?As the students progress through this two-part problem, they will be confronted with issues dealing with cranial nerve function, brain stem function, and the determination of the location of the possible lesion.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences6+ HoursIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
What Is the Cause of This Swelling and Why Am I Short of Breath?This two-step problem asks students to develop a diagnosis for the patient, as well as answer several anatomically-related questions.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences1 Hour or LessIntermediate (majors and non-majors)
What Is Wrong with My Child, Doc?Students are asked to provide a diagnosis for the patient.Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Where is That Long-Term Debt Program for Big Moo?…students will identify the types of evidence that they need and where they can get them (knowledge) to form an opinion about LTD.James HansenAccounting1-3 HoursIntermediate (majors)
Who Owns the Geritol Solution?The Geritol solution is based on the premise that iron availability limits primary productivity in the high-nutrient, low-productivity zones of certain ocean waters.Deborah AllenBiological Sciences6+ HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)
Why Am I Getting More Clumsy, Doc?The students are presented with symptoms and test results in a two-part problem and are asked to develop a diagnosis…Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Will I Ever Be Able to Run Again, Doc?Students are asked, through this two-part problem, to arrive at a diagnosis for the patient…Robert TallitschBiological Sciences3-6 hoursAdvanced (majors)
Winter WoesA series of events on a cold winter’s day are used to introduce various concepts associated with solutions, including driving forces behind solution formation and colligative properties.Susan GrohChemistry1-3 HoursIntroductory (majors and non-majors)