Asee peer logo

Engaging and Motivating Students in Engineering Communication with Competition and Prizes

Download Paper |

Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Communication and Engineering Careers: Motivating Our Students

Tagged Division

Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

23.486.1 - 23.486.23

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/19500

Download Count

26

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Katherine Golder British Columbia Institute of Technology

visit author page

Katherine Golder teaches Technical Communication for students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

visit author page

biography

Deanna Gail Levis British Columbia Institute of Technology

visit author page

Instructor, Communication Department

visit author page

biography

Darlene B Webb British Columbia Institute of Technology

visit author page

Darlene Webb teaches junior and senior technical communication courses to mechanical engineering technology students at BCIT in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

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

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2013 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015