June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
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Growing Assessment Capacity of Engineering Educators through ASSESSEngineering educators increasingly choose assessments or are required to use assessments to determinethe impacts of educational or program innovations on students, faculty, or prospective students. Inaddition, outcomes-based accreditation of programs and institutions make program assessment mandatoryand raise the bar for assessment competencies of faculty. Writing competitive grant proposals alsorequires assessment of envisioned project impacts to obtain initial funding and to argue for subsequentfunding. On a classroom scale, individual faculty need easy-to-use assessment instruments to measurestudent learning under different instructional methods and classroom conditions. A major obstacle to eachof these assessment challenges is locating the right assessment instrument for the situation at hand and theoutcomes to be measured. In order to make effective and efficient decisions about utilizing assessmentinstruments, prospective users need quick access to information on quality and use of existinginstruments. This paper describes a web-based aid for identifying the assessment instrument desired whilealso growing the assessment capacity of engineering educators.The Appraisal System for Superior Engineering Education Evaluation-Instrument Sharing andScholarship (ASSESS) is a web-based information repository and instrument locator for assessment andevaluation instruments relevant to engineering education. The ASSESS database is populated withinstrument names and both technical and nontechnical characterizations of each instrument. It identifiesoutcomes for which an instrument is applicable, target audiences, administration conditions, andavailability of evidence for instrument reliability and validity. Each instrument is also described by asummary written for assessment novices and marked by visual indicators for amount of supportingevidence available and user ratings. Information provided for each instrument enables people accessingthe site to determine the appropriateness of individual instruments for an intended use.The ASSESS site also offers tools to facilitate locating the desired instruments and to help users tounderstand assessment and network with assessment professionals. Searches using both keywords andspecification of desired instrument characteristics enable the user to efficiently find the most relevantinstruments. A glossary of assessment terms and an assessment wiki offer basic assessment knowledge tohelp those new to assessment. In addition, users may rate instruments in ASSESS, suggest instruments forinclusion in ASSESS, and suggest revisions to the ASSESS website. The ASSESS website will undergouser testing in 2013, after which it will be launched fully and provide opportunities for evaluation expertsto post their availability to support engineering education project assessment. The combined features ofASSESS will build the engineering education assessment community and expand appropriate use ofassessments in engineering education.
Davis, D. C., & LeBeau, J. E., & Trevisan, M. S., & Davis, H. P., & Brown, S. A., & French, B. F. (2013, June), Growing Assessment Capacity of Engineering Educators through ASSESS Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19665
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