East Lansing, Michigan
July 26, 2020
July 26, 2020
July 28, 2020
TThis GIFT paper presents potential mechanisms to assess the ability for engineering students to communicate effectively to a range of audiences. For engineers, accreditation is of paramount importance since it enables an individual to earn professional licensure. For the engineering profession, being accredited by the ABET provides a level of quality control for a university or program to meet certain standards for its students. The Criterion 3: Student Outcomes of ABET states that the program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the Program Educational Objectives. In 2012, the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET began to review and solicit suggestions for changes to Criterion 3. Since then, several changes have been made regarding Criterion 3, which now include student outcomes (1) – (7). One such change was the re-wording of previous student outcome (g) stating “an ability to communicate effectively”, which has now been re-organized as the new student outcome (3) stating “an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences”. While student outcome (3) has been worded to be more specific compared to its predecessor, student outcome (g), there still seems to be some uncertainty on appropriate mechanisms to assess the ability of our students to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. In this research, potential mechanisms to assess the ability of engineering students to communicate effectively to a range of audiences is presented. One such mechanism was implemented in the Fall 2019 semester in a civil engineering junior project course, while another mechanism was implemented in the Spring 2020 semester in a structural analysis course. All potential assessment mechanisms are planned to be implemented in the Fall 2020 semester within an Introduction to Civil Engineering course.
Assadollahi, P.E., A., & McGinnis, G. (2020, July), GIFT Paper: Potential Mechanisms to Assess the Ability for Engineering Students to Communicate Effectively to a Range of Audiences Paper presented at 2020 First-Year Engineering Experience, East Lansing, Michigan. https://peer.asee.org/35766
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