June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
23.486.1 - 23.486.23
Giving a D*mn: Engaging and Motivating Students in Engineering Communication with Competition and PrizesAs engineering educators, we all know that communication skills are crucial to a successfulengineering career. Research shows this; industry and our alumni tell us that communicationskills are among the most important to develop. But how can we engage students and motivatethem to hone these skills?In the spring of 2011, three communication instructors at a technical institute who “give a damn”organized Presentation Idol for Engineering Students—an interdisciplinary engineering oralpresentation competition—with over $2,000 in prize money. With industry support, the prizepool for Presentation Idol in 2012 grew to over $3,300. Industry has also been involved from thebeginning by sending representatives as competition judges. The third competition is currentlybeing planned.This presentation will discuss findings on students’ motivation and satisfaction with their oralpresentations both in required communication courses and in Presentation Idol. This work-in-progress will include a description of research methodology survey results from students who have given oral presentations in “regular” communication classes and those who have participated in Presentation Idol students’ attitudes towards public speaking factors that motivate students to participate structure and delivery of Presentation Idol involvement and engagement of engineering companies benefits for students and industry professionals.The success of Presentation Idol has garnered widespread support for the event amongmanagement at the Institute. More important, it showcases our students’ abilities and enhancestheir self-confidence.
Golder, K., & Levis, D. G., & Webb, D. B. (2013, June), Engaging and Motivating Students in Engineering Communication with Competition and Prizes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19500
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