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Development and Implementation of a Web-based Peer Evaluation Tool for Team Projects

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Capstone and Design Projects in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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25.444.1 - 25.444.30



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Carmine C. Balascio University of Delaware

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Carmine C. Balascio, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor in the departments of Bioresources Engineering and Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. He earned bachelor’s degrees in agricultural engineering technology and mathematics from UD. He earned an M.S. in agricultural engineering and a Ph.D. double-major in
agricultural engineering and engineering mechanics from Iowa State University. He teaches courses in surveying, soil mechanics, and storm-water management and has research interests in urban hydrology, water resources engineering, and assessment of student learning. He is a former two-term member of Delaware’s Engineering Licensing Board, the DAPE Council. He continues to be active on DAPE and NCEES committees.

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Beth (Becky) Kano Kinney University of Delaware

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Beth (Becky) Kano Kinney, M.A. (University of Delaware, educational studies), is an Educational Technology Consultant at the University of Delaware. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from Williams College and has taught math and science in grades 6-12.

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Development and Implementation of a Web-Based Peer Evaluation Tool for Team ProjectsStudent group work is a proven instructional model, but the time-consuming evaluationcomponent can reduce its effectiveness 1. The University of ________ has developed a programto improve the evaluation of student groups. Three goals of the project were: ● create a more meaningful evaluation process for students, ● reduce the administrative time for faculty, and ● build an evaluation mechanism that promotes broader consideration for using student groupsThis project will be considered successful if students improve their team participation skills dueto increased accountability and availability of constructive criticism. In addition, the project willbe considered successful if it saves faculty time and increases their likelihood of using peerevaluation because of the strength and simplicity of the system. Evidence will be collected fromstudent and faculty users each semester with a survey.University of _______ developers worked closely with a group of interested faculty from avariety of disciplines to incorporate features of interest. The system is designed to accommodatea limited range of numerical grading schemes by which student team members can useinstructor-defined rubrics or other criteria to evaluate or rate contributions to the team effort ofthemselves and fellow team members.To provide beneficial feedback to the students, the system encourages essay responsecommentary that students can write about themselves and other team members. The commentscan be compiled by the system and forwarded to the instructor. To insure anonymity and thatcomments released to students are constructive, the system gives the instructor the ability toexamine all comments and provide appropriate editing before the comments are anonymouslyforwarded to the individuals for whom they were written.The system was piloted during the fall semester of 2011 in a variety of courses ranging fromphilosophy to math and science to engineering and engineering technology. This paper examinesthe features of the system in detail, discusses issues encountered in its use, and providesrecommendations for possible changes to be implemented in subsequent versions. 1 Self and peer assessment of student teamwork: Designing, implementing and evaluating SPARK, a confidential, web based system. Mark Freeman and Jo McKenzie, University of Technology, Sydney

Balascio, C. C., & Kinney, B. B. K. (2012, June), Development and Implementation of a Web-based Peer Evaluation Tool for Team Projects Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21202

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