June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
NSF Grantees Poster Session
24.241.1 - 24.241.17
Building Assessment and Evaluation Capacity of Engineering Educators Through ASSESSAbstractIn recent years, assessment and evaluation have become vital to engineering educators for bothprogram accreditation and judging the impacts of educational innovations. For effectiveassessment, engineering faculty must understand assessment, be able to select appropriateassessment instruments, administer assessments suitably to gain accurate measures of outcomes,and interpret results for properly informed decision making. Yet, engineering faculty often donot receive training to adequately incorporate assessment into daily practice. Others face ongoingchallenges of locating assessment instruments suitable for their specific needs and knowing howto use them competently. A need exists to identify ways of incorporating assessment instrumentsinto evaluation of educational innovations and outcomes in engineering contexts.This paper aims to build the evaluation and assessment capacity of engineering educators byunfolding the final version of the Appraisal System for Superior Engineering EducationEvaluation-instrument Sharing and Scholarship (ASSESS), a web-based repository and searchengine for finding desired assessment instruments. The paper provides an overview of theengineering assessment landscape and ways in which assessment can be used to effectivelyevaluate educational practices. The paper characterizes assessment instruments currently used inengineering education and tabulates characteristics of assessment instruments necessary forsound assessment and evaluation. Specific cases from ASSESS are examined for assessingselected outcomes, and gaps are identified where additional instruments are needed. The paperdescribes lessons learned from developing the database as well as recommendations for usingASSESS to locate assessment information for use in engineering education contexts. Focus isplaced on building the assessment and evaluation capacity of engineering educators and othersinvolved in the assessment of engineering education innovations.
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