Talk on Puzzle-Based Learning at Carnegie Mellon University.
29 October 2011.
A talk on Puzzle-Based Learning will be offerred during the Homecoming, Family Weekend & International Festival 2011 at the Carnegie Mellon University. Associate Teaching Professor of Information Systems, Raja Sooriamurthi, will introduce you to an approach to hone your problem solving skills. This hands-on interactive session will take you through a brief tour of the increasing importance of general problem solving skills in today’s marketplace and how puzzle-based learning can lay a foundation for solving real-world problems.
Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW introduces Puzzle-Based Learning course.
25 October 2011.
Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW (the oldest agricultural academic school in Poland) introduced a Puzzle-Based Learning elective course open for all for undergraduate students this semester. Lectures are held in small groups – this facilitates discussions and various exercises.
Workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning at the SIGCSE 2012.
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
16 October 2011.
A workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning was accepted at SIGCSE 2012: Teaching, Learning, and Collaborating – the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, February 29 – March 3, 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Presentation on Puzzle-Based Learning for high school students.
14 October 2011.
Dr. Nick Falkner will present a talk on Puzzle-Based Learning during the monthly program for the Maths Association of South Australia (i.e. secondary school maths) on 28 October. Each month, there is a two-hour session with talented maths students (as identified by their schools) where they are engaged with real maths – not necessarily hard or advanced mathematics but with a focus on application and society.
During this seession titled “Eight Problems, Seven Solutions” the students will look at problems where a head-on approach may, ultimately, result in a solution, but only if we wait until the end of the Universe – or longer. How do we approach problems where a brute-force strategy won’t work? What is a brute-force strategy? Nick will use puzzles, problems without a great deal of previous knowledge, to develop ways of approaching these challenging mathematical problems and to illustrate how we store and access the information in our heads.
Keynote talk on Puzzle-Based Learning.
11 October 2011.
Zbigniew Michalewicz will give a keynote talk on Puzzle-Based Learning at the Integrated Planning and Optimisation Summit 2012 (IPOS’12), which will take place in Adelaide Convention Centre, 27 – 28 February 2012.
Workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning for Raytheon.
Mawson Lakes, South Australia.
10 October 2011.
A workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning is to be offered at Raytheon (a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics) in Mawson Lakes, SA, from 14 to 16 November 2011.
Keynote talk on Puzzle-Based Learning.
7 October 2011.
Zbigniew Michalewicz will give a keynote talk on Puzzle-Based Learning at the Raytheon’s Engineering and Technology Council meeting on 2 November 2011. The talk will focus on problem solving, innovation, being creative, and having fun while doing it.
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University introduces Puzzle-Based Learning course.
3 October 2011.
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, introduced a pilot Puzzle-Based Learning course for undergraduate students of Computer Science and Mathematics. The course starts in October, 2011 and is led by Dr Krzysztof Trojanowski, who would deliver two-hour lectures every week of the semester.
Keynote talk on Puzzle-Based Learning.
31 August 2011.
Zbigniew Michalewicz will give a keynote talk on Puzzle-Based Learning at the BbSummit Australasia 2011 (http://www.bbworld.com/2011/BbSummitAustralAsia/content.asp?id=1970) in Melbourne on 31 August 2011. The event will be held in Melbourne from 29 – 31 August 2011 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. BbSummit Australasia 2011 will focus on a client lead program sharing best practices in eLearning. Educators, course designers, system administrators and e-Learning managers in the Higher Education and K-12 sector from across Australasia and Asia, will come together and share their knowledge and expertise in the field of online teaching and learning.
Pernod Ricard Pacific offers Puzzle-Based Learning workshop.
Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.
29 August 2011.
Pernod Ricard Pacific will offer Puzzle-Based Learning workshop at their IT Conference on 29 August 2011 in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Seminar on Pedagogy of Puzzle-Based Learning.
12 August 2011.
A seminar on Pedagogy of Puzzle-Based Learning will be held for the faculty of the SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, India on Friday, August 12.
Workshop on Teaching Puzzle-Based Learning.
2 August 2011.
A half day workshop on Teaching Puzzle-Based Learning will be held for the faculty of the School of Advanced Software Engineering (SASE), SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, India on Tuesday, August 2.
Workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning at the B.S. Abdur Rahman University.
30 July 2011.
A half day workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning will be held for the 200+ students and faculty of Engineering of the B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai, India, on Saturday, July 30.
Polish-Japanese School of Information Technology offers Puzzle-Based Learning course.
6 June 2011.
The first offering of Puzzle-Based Learning course in Poland will take place at the Polish-Japanese School of Information Technology from June 6 to 11. The course will run every day (from 17:00) and will be open for students from all levels.
Tel Aviv University introduced Puzzle-Based Learning course.
Tel Aviv, Israel.
12 May 2011.
Tel Aviv University introduced PBL course to Computer Science undergraduate students on their last semester. Currently, 40 students are about to complete the first pilot of this course. While the backbone of the course is the PBL book and the provided slides, the course incorporates also some material (approximately 20%) from other problem solving methods such as Systematic Inventive Thinking (an Israeli descendant of TRIZ) and Mc Kinsey and Co. method. For more information please contact Dr. Uri Globus (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hosei University successfully completed Puzzle-Based Learning course.
17 April 2011.
Hosei University successfully completed Puzzle-Based Learning course (at the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences). In Professor Ohmori’s approach, students were separated into several groups – each group discussed a number of selected puzzles and prepared presentation materials to explain their solutions visually. Finally, students competed in their presentations. The feedback was outstanding: the students enjoyed puzzle-based learning experience very much!
Workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning for Raytheon.
16 April 2011.
A workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning is to be offered at Raytheon (a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics) in Sydney later this year.
Seminar on Puzzle-Based Learning at the Bogazici University.
9 April 2011.
A seminar on Puzzle-Based Learning is to be offered at the Bogazici University on 13th June 2011.
Seminar on Puzzle-Based Learning at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Charlotte, NC, USA.
5 April 2011.
A seminar on Puzzle-Based Learning is to be offered at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on 3rd May 2011 (from 12:30 to 1:45 pm).
Workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning for kids.
20 March 2011.
A three hour workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning will be offered in Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 20. This workshop is sponsored by C-MITES (Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students) and targets kids in 8th and 9th grades..
School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide continues with the full version of Puzzle-Based Learning course.
28 February 2011.
A full semester course on Puzzle-Based Learning for freshman students starts this semester – this is the third consecutive year this course is offered at the University of Adelaide.
First comment on Puzzle-Based Learning book on Amazon.com.
3 February 2011.
On Amazon.com the first five-star comment appeared: “As an instructor on recreational maths, I’ll will draw my inspiration from this marvelous book. I intend to translate it from English to French and Spanish, if not done already.”
The Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo continues with Puzzle-Based Learning courses.
26 January 2011.
Two courses on Puzzle-Based Learning are offered at the School of Computer Science, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo. After successful pilot last year, two courses (60 students in each course) are being offered: “Mathematical Puzzles 1” and “Mathematical Puzzles 2”. Both courses are based on puzzle-based learning approach.
Workshop on Puzzle-Based Learning for Philip Morris International.
24 January 2011.
A workshop (three sessions) on Puzzle-Based Learning is to be offered at the Philip Morris International (an international tobacco company, with products sold in over 160 countries) in March and April of 2011.
Talk on Puzzle-Based Learning for Polish community in South Australia.
10 January 2011.
A talk (in Polish) on Puzzle-Based Learning is planned on Sunday, 13th February at “Centralny Dom Polski” in Adelaide, 232 Angas Street.
UNC-Charlotte introduces Puzzle-Based Learning.
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
7 January 2011.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte introduces Puzle-Based Learning as a 3000-level seminar this spring semester.
Garrett College introduces Puzzle-Based Learning in their freshman courses.
Mc. Henry, Maryland, USA.
4 January 2011.
The Garrett College introduces Puzlze-Based Learning topics in their freshmen courses starting from Spring semester 2011. The first class is a developmental pre-algebra class for students needing to brush up on their math skills before taking a college level algebra class. The second class is an Introduction to Programming Logic class that is required before students can take Java or Visual Basic programming classes. PBL will be used to help these students solve those “pesky” logic problems encountered in flow charting and program designs.
In these courses students apply the course content to practical problems and work in small groups to come up with a solution. The students are of two groups, the first are students that have come straight from high school to earn an associates degree and then transfer to a 4-year university to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The rest of the students are older adults returning to school either to gain new skills to improve in their present careers or learn new skills as they change career paths.
Polish-Japanese School of Information Technology introduces Puzzle-Based Learning course.
3 January 2011.
Polish-Japanese School of Information Technology introduces Puzzle-Based Learning course in their program. The course will be open for students from all levels; the first offering of the course is planned for early June 2011.
About the author
Zbigniew Michalewicz is a Professor at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide. Zbigniew has secured numerous multi-million dollar industry contracts from companies such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, U.S. Department of Defense, AirLiquide, PKN Orlen, BB&T, and Dentsu, and his scientific and business achievements have been recognized by many invited talks and publications, including TIME Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times, Forbes, Business Journal, and the Associated Press among others. Currently, Zbigniew also serves as the Chairman of the Board of SolveIT Software, a technology company he co-founded with several world-renowned computer scientists. The company specialises in advanced planning and scheduling, supply and demand optimisation, predictive modelling and mine optimisation. SolveIT Software’smining software applications cover mining exploration management, mine-to-port logistics, mine planning andrefinery plant optimisation. Customers include Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Rio Tinto Simandou, Xstrata Coal, Xstrata Copper, Xstrata Zinc, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, BMA Coal, Fortescue Metals Group, and Pacific National Coal.