June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
NSF Grantees Poster Session
The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills for engineering students to develop during their undergraduate education. Undergraduate engineering programs across the country are developing their students’ communication skills through novel approaches. This paper examines the implementation and effectiveness of a unique communication intervention which aims to develop engineering presentation skills through a series of brief, video-recorded presentations. The participants were 11 students who participated in an NSF-funded summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) program. Students were asked to give a video-recorded presentation to the group in which they described their summer research project in three minutes or less on four occasions throughout the semester. After the presentation, students watched their recordings and evaluated themselves based on several dimensions of communication effectiveness. Student self-evaluation scores showed significant improvement over the course of the program (2(3)=16.860, p=.001). Students also rated themselves on the Scientific Communication Self-Efficacy Rating Scale (SCSERS) on the first and last day of the program. The mean score on the SCSERS increased from pre- to post-evaluation. Qualitative student feedback is included for context. Strengths and challenges of the intervention design and implementation are discussed, as well as insights for future study.
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Young, S. R., & Cousins, M., & Suggs, L., & Markey, M. K. (2017, June), Board # 155 : Developing Science Communication Skills as a Part of a Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27785
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