July 26, 2019
As we received many requests to run Webinars under the week, we decided to run this webinar not only
at the regular Saturday date, this time 13 July, but also for a second time on a Wednesday this time the 17 July. Both webinars have had a good participation rate, and we thus might consider such an approach again in future webinars. And while the slides where identical the discussions in the two webinars took off in quite different directions.
The topic of this webinar was inspired by our first webinar that we have been running back in 2017 on “The Research Problem Statement”. Building on the initial 2017 slides, we then attempted to feed in some of the lessons learnt that we learn since then, and notably of the omnipresent ‘solution bias’. Given this omnipresence we also decided to make exceptionally a full slide deck of the webinar available, which usually is reserved for those that attend the webinars and other support services.
The ‘solution bias’ is not only omnipresent in the students’ mindsets, but as we learnt in the preparation of this webinar, it is also present in any of the online sources that are available to the students.
To show the magnitude of this, let us refer to a simple Google search quest on the very term “solution bias”, for which Google returns an astonishing [low level] of 8680 results. This [low level] prompted to two other queries searching for “business solution” and “solution business”. While the first term made sense, the second term was rather meant to be a play with words.
Therefore, it came at no surprise that there were 7.370.000 results for a “business solution”, but it came as quite a surprise that “solution business” was producing 3.420.000 results. At least to me as a native German, the term “solution business” does not make much sense, nor does it leaves much interpretation what this could be about: A business that is producing solutions. Now, presumably all businesses produce some sort of solutions, so naming your business generically a “solution business” does not appear to make much sense…
However, looking into the results that Google has been producing the first ten hits appeared to be from credible sources, or showing some reasoning that could be understood.
Now, and not going further into the “solution business” analytics, let us perhaps loop back the discussion on what this implies for the “solution bias”, for which Google returns an astonishing [low level] of 8680 results. We attempt to impart students to understand what credible sources are, and how to use reasoning to evaluate the credibility of sources and information that is put on them. But do understand that a “solution bias”, for which Google returns an astonishing [low level] of 8680 results, is well known in the scientific domain puts the burden perhaps too high. So what then could be a simple advise for students to follow, so to assure that they stay focused on the problem side? This was one of the main objectives of this latest webinar for which we share with you below the full slide deck.