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Engineering Education: Oral And Visual Communication

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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15.486.1 - 15.486.11



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Patricia Carlson Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Patricia A. Carlson (PhD) is a professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, Indiana). She is the author of over sixty referred publications and presentation. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Interactive Learning Environments and Journal of Universal Computer Science. Carlson has used her experience in implementing technology into the classroom on two large-scale Lilly Endowment grants and on two National Science Foundation funded research projects. She is now the Director of the PRISM Project, a large-scale outreach program that helps Indiana teachers of middle school science, mathematics, and technology to integrate new information technology literacies into their classrooms.

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Warren Hull Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

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Warren R. Hull, Sr. is the Engineering Communications Coordinator at Louisiana State University. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and an M.S. in Environmental Health from Harvard University. His engineering career spans over 40 years. He is a licensed Professional Engineer who was previously an engineering consultant, and is also a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel.

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Dianne Raubenheimer North Carolina State University

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Arlene Russell University of California, Los Angeles

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Harris’ Information Graphics: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference.5 Each short module features a scenario or context (including an audience and purpose), a set of data and/or information, requirements for display, and a selection of graphical types from which the student can chose an optimal form.

By the end of the project, each of these modules will be available in the CPR Central Library. The assignments may be used “as is,” or they may be easily adapted to accommodate local circumstances.

Assessment Plan and Preliminary Results   The project has an external evaluator, Dr. C. Dianne Raubenheimer, Director of Assessment at NC State University.

The evaluation plan includes the following activities:

1. Revising rubrics for assessing student’s oral and visual communication products, starting with rubrics used in the LSU and RHIT engineering programs, and building a focus on anticipated student learning outcomes.

2. Collecting baseline data, where possible, before implementation of the CPR program (using the revised rubrics).

3. Using these rubrics to collect post-CPR implementation results, on the level of achievement of various anticipated student learning outcomes.

4. Surveying student perceptions and opinions about the CPR program.

5. Conducting pre- and post-surveys of students' self-rated skill levels and self-confidence in achieving the anticipated learning outcomes relating to oral and visual communication.

6. Conducting interviews with faculty about previous and revised courses, using a common interview protocol.

7. Interviewing project administrators and CPR developers about project accomplishments.

8. Reviewing the library of field-tested assignments for completeness and representation across categories.

9. Conducting focus interviews with students in selected courses.

10. Summative faculty survey, assessing experiences with using the CPR program and how it impacted student learning.

11. Examining student CPR scores and other data gathered in the CPR system.

Carlson, P., & Hull, W., & Raubenheimer, D., & Russell, A. (2010, June), Engineering Education: Oral And Visual Communication Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16421

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