Small Group Study: Campus Stress as a Wicked Problem 2
***You must complete the Small Group Study form (attached PDF) to register for this course***
A wicked problem is one that is difficult to solve because of a vague definition, complex interdependencies, and hidden constraints. The use of term "wicked" denotes resistance to resolution, rather than evil. Stress at Carnegie Mellon looks like a wicked problem.
This course is intended to bring about a positive, durable change to Carnegie Mellon student life. The entire process takes at least a year, this course is the first phase. We will use a design practice called Positive Deviance, which enables communities to discover and spread their own hidden solutions.
To accomplish this, you will learn these skills:
- The Positive Deviance Method for Solving Cultural Problems
- Literature Research
- Studying Behavior in Large Populations
- Sleep behavior is simple to quantify.
- Research has shown a regular sleep regime enhances one's performance.
- Many students don't get enough sleep, about 60%.
- Most people agree that getting regular sleep is a good idea.
- A Google Drive folder, Campus Stress, will be used to share material.
- A Google group, Positive Deviance, will be used for discussion. It is best to ask questions there so the answers are available to all.
The class will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 in GHC 7501. Most class time will be spent planning studies and discussing results. (This is subject to change depending upon participants' preferences.
- A report on PD behavior.
- A baseline estimate of the number of students practicing the desired sleep behavior.