ThinkSpace was started in 2007 to replace and extend two promising ISU-grown educational systems which presented complex problem-solving cases: Diagnostic Pathfinder and Problem Solving Learning Portal.
Diagnostic Pathfinder was built using nearly $2 million of funding from the US Dept of Education, USDA and university seed grants. Both of these systems were unable to sustain their efforts at the end of grant funding. Soon after another tool was added to ThinkSpace, called MyCase. In addition to providing educational experiences geared towards developing students’ broader skills, an underlying goal of ThinkSpace was to provide a single, sustainable web-based system to support a variety of educational systems which would not be sustainable individually.
Research on ThinkSpace
ThinkSpace faculty have conducted research regarding the impact of ThinkSpace on learning. Each publication can help you learn methods of adapting ThinkSpace into your classroom and show you real results.
A Novel Educational Tool for Teaching Diagnostic Reasoning and Laboratory Data Interpretation to Veterinary (and Medical) Students
Bender HS & Danielson, JA
The Diagnostic Pathfinder: Ten years of using technology to teach diagnostic problem solving
Danielson, JA, Mills, EM, Vermeer, PJ, and Bender, HS
Characteristics of a Cognitive Tool that Helps Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving
Danielson J.A., Mills, E.M, Vermeer, P.J., Preast, V.A., Young, K.M., Christopher, M.M., George, J.W., Wood, D.R. and Bender, H.S.
Helping Learners Gain Diagnostic Problem Solving Skills: Specific Aspects of the Diagnostic Pathfinder Software Tied to Learning Outcomes
Danielson JA, Bender HS, Mills EM, Vermeer PJ, Preast VA
Student perceptions of problem-solving skills and evaluation of a web-based environment for case-study work in landscape horticulture
Woline, T. and A.M. VanDerZanden
A Tool for Helping Veterinary Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving
Danielson JA, Bender HS, Mills EM, Vermeer PJ, Lockee BB
Mechanism-based diagnostic reasoning: thoughts on teaching introductory clinical pathology
Bender HS, Lockee BB, Danielson JA, Mills EM, Boon GD, Burton JK, Vermeer PJ, Zimmerman KL, Hilmer KM