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Enhancing Engineering Lab Report Writing Using Peer Review Assessment

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2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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April 6, 2018

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April 6, 2018

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April 7, 2018

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Rocio Alba-Flores Georgia Southern University

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Rocio Alba-Flores received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Her main areas of interest include control systems, robotics, embedded systems, signal and image processing, and engineering education.

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This paper describes the educational experiences gained by incorporating a peer review component for evaluating formal lab reports in a Circuit Analysis Laboratory course. In this course students performed ten lab experiments, from which the instructor selected two to have individual formal written lab reports. The instructor dedicated about one hour at the beginning of the semester to talk about peer review and its importance. The instructor together with all students performed a mock peer review of a lab report so that students became familiar with the process and the rubric. The instructor emphasized the importance of providing meaningful feedback in the peer review process, and gave several examples of meaningful feedback. The peer review process was performed in class, and the instructor monitored the process to ensure students took their time to read carefully the reports, follow the rubric, and provide meaningful feedback to their peers. Results from implementing the peer review process in two semesters shown an increase in student’s awareness about the importance of technical writing, and help them to pay more attention to their writing to ensure they can convey their ideas and experiences to their classmates and instructor. The instructor noticed a significant improvement in the writing at the last of semester formal lab report, indicating students incorporated peer recommendations.

Alba-Flores, R. (2018, April), Enhancing Engineering Lab Report Writing Using Peer Review Assessment Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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