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Improving Engineering Education with Enhanced Calibrated Peer Review Assessment of a Collaborative Research Project

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Advances in Assessment of Communication and Interdisciplinary Competence

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

Page Count

20

Page Numbers

25.744.1 - 25.744.20

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https://peer.asee.org/21501

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Patricia Carlson Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Patricia A. Carlson teaches at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She is the author of over seventy publications and presentation. She has used her experience in educational technology on two large-scale Lilly Endowment grants and on two National Science Foundation-funded research projects. In addition to teaching, she is the Director of the PRISM Project, an outreach program that helps Indiana teachers of middle school science, mathematics, and technology to integrate new information technology applications into their classrooms.

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Arlene Ann Russell

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Warren N. Waggenspack Jr. Louisiana State University

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Warren N. Waggenspack, Jr. is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering and holder of the Ned Adler Professorship in mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University. He obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees from LSU M.E. and his doctorate from Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering. He has been actively engaged in teaching, research, and curricula development since joining the LSU faculty in 1988. As Associate Dean, he has acquired funding from NSF to support the development of several initiatives aimed at improving student retention and graduation rates as well as supporting faculty with development with effective learning and teaching pedagogies.

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Chester G. Wilmot Louisiana State University

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Chester G. Wilmot is professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La. 70803.

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David Bowles Louisiana State University

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David (Boz) Bowles is a technical communication instructor in the Engineering Communication Studio at Louisiana State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's of fine arts in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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David R. Voltmer Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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David Voltmer, Professor Emeritus, received degrees in electrical engineering from Iowa State, University of Southern California, and the Ohio State University. He has taught for more than four decades. His specialties include freshman design, electromagnetics, microwaves, and antennas. Voltmer is an ASEE Fellow.

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W. Todd Monroe Louisiana State University

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W. Todd Monroe is the Arthur K. Barton Associate Professor in biological and agricultural engineering at Louisiana State University. Prior to coming to LSU, he received M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral training in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. In the biological engineering curriculum at LSU, Monroe teaches Introduction to Engineering Methods, Biomechanics for Engineers, and Molecular Methods for Biological Engineers. He has received research and teaching awards at the departmental, college, and national levels for his focus on freshman instruction.

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Warren R Hull Sr. P.E. Louisiana State University

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Warren R. Hull, Sr. is the Manager of engineering communications 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 more than 40 years. He is a licensed Professional Engineer who was previously an engineering consultant, and is also a retired U.S. Air Force officer.

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Dianne Raubenheimer Meredith College

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Abstract

Improving Engineering Education with Enhanced Calibrated Peer Review – Assessment of a Collaborative Research ProjectCalibrated Peer Review (CPRTM) is an online application that was developed to enable studentsto critically review other students’ written assignments as a learning tool for their own writtenwork. This paper describes the results of a project to create an enhanced version of CPR, bothto allow for the input and review of visual and spoken (video) components by students and alsoto permit the expansion of this functionality to the 2500 assignments that have already beendeveloped. The primary objectives of this project grant follow: • Create an enhanced version of CPRTM (Version 5), both to allow for the input and review of visual and oral (video) components by students and also to permit the expansion of this functionality to the 2500 assignments that have already been developed by the 100’s of faculty in the 950 institutions who have current CPR accounts on the UCLA server. • Train engineering faculty at the collaborating institutions in the development and use of visually rich CPR assignments. • Develop pedagogically driven assignments for a set of core engineering courses. • Assess the impact of the integration of writing and visual communication on course development, student performance, and student confidence in communication skills.Development of CPR (Version 5) was completed to accommodate input and access to visualtools. This version was beta-tested and revised, allowing for existing assignments in version 4to be modified to accept graphical and visual input.Complications in uploading student work and accessing calibration artifacts, as well asdifficulties in the assignment authoring process, suggest a need for upgrades to the interfacebetween the central assignment database and the enhanced version of CPR. Despite thesechallenges, however, participating engineering faculty successfully completed the developmentand implementation of assignments, and students were able to calibrate and participate inonline peer review of communication assignments in core engineering courses. While facultyencountered obstacles when attempting to seamlessly integrate video components, videotapedoral presentation assignments were shown to be adaptable to the CPR format. Students alsocompleted technical poster assignments and dimensioning assignments involving engineeringgraphics.

Carlson, P., & Russell, A. A., & Waggenspack, W. N., & Wilmot, C. G., & Bowles, D., & Voltmer, D. R., & Monroe, W. T., & Hull, W. R., & Raubenheimer, D. (2012, June), Improving Engineering Education with Enhanced Calibrated Peer Review Assessment of a Collaborative Research Project Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21501

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