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Model of Domain Learning Based Skill Assessment: Instrument Set Flexibility

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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26.1160.1 - 26.1160.14



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Kijung Park Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University Orcid 16x16


Gül E. Okudan Kremer Pennsylvania State University, University Park

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Gül E. Kremer received her PhD from the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering of Missouri University of Science & Technology. Her research interests include multi-criteria decision analysis methods applied to improvement of products and systems. She is a senior member of IIE, a fellow of ASME, a former Fulbright scholar and NRC Faculty Fellow. Her recent research focus includes sustainable product design and enhancing creativity in engineering design settings.

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Sadan Kulturel-Konak Penn State Berks

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Sadan Kulturel‐Konak is a Professor of Management Information Systems at Penn State Berks where she is also the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) Minor and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED). She received her degrees in Industrial Engineering; B.S. from Gazi University, Turkey, M.S. from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey and from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from Auburn University. Her research interests are in modeling and optimization of complex systems and robustness under uncertainty with applications to facility layout, reliability, and scheduling. She has published her research in numerous journals including IIE Transactions, OR Letters, INFORMS Journal on Computing, INFORMS Transactions on Education, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Computers. She is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). She is currently the chair of INFORMS Transportation Science Logistics (TSL) Society- Facility Logistics Special Interest Group. She has been a principle investigator in sponsored projects from National Science Foundation (NSF) and Venture Well.

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Abdullah Konak Penn State Berks

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Abdullah Konak is a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University Berks. Dr. Konak received his degrees in Industrial Engineering, B.S. from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, M.S. from Bradley University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Konak’s current research interest is in the application of Operations Research techniques to complex problems, including such topics as network design, network reliability, facilities design, and data mining. Dr. Konak has published papers in journals such as IIE Transactions, Operations Research Letters, Informs Journal on Computing, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, International Journal of Production Research, and Production Economics. He has been a principle investigator in sponsored projects from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Labor, and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.
Dr. Konak currently teaches courses on Database Management Systems, Information Security, and Technology-based Entrepreneurship. He is a member of IIE and INFORMS.

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Ivan E. Esparragoza Pennsylvania State University, Media

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Ivan E. Esparragoza is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State. His interests are in engineering design education, innovative design, global design, and global engineering education. He has introduced multinational design projects in a freshman introductory engineering design course in collaboration with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of his effort to contribute to the formation of world class engineers for the Americas. He is actively involved in the International Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and in the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institution (LACCEI) as Vice-President for Meetings and in the International Federation of Engineering education Societies (IFEES) as VP for the Americas and First VP.

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Model of Domain Learning Based Skill Assessment: Instrument Set FlexibilityThe assessment of students’ development in their professional skills has been discussed to bechallenging not only for the engineering curriculum but also in other undergraduate programs, includinginformation sciences, business, etc. Given the importance of developing these skills in our students, ourteam has proposed a Model of Domain Learning (MDL) Based assessment framework, which is aimed atproviding flexibility and practicality in the assessment of these skills. Among the targeted flexibility andpracticality, we have designed the assessment framework to be modular in that (1) assessmentinstruments can be tailored for the class standing of the students within their curriculum, (2) bothcourse and overall curriculum level assessments are possible, where the assessment scores reflect thedevelopment on an absolute scale, and (3) instruments, rubrics can be upgraded over time to reflect theprogress in the assessment of a specific professional skills. In our prior work, we have providedevidence, using an empirical study, for the achieved flexibility and practicality and showed itsimplementation on a specific case of teamwork communication. In this paper, we focus on theflexibility for instrument selection and upgradability, and cover the four main professional skills areas:(1) teamwork, (2) global awareness, (3) creative problem solving, and (4) ethics. The paper will presentthe modular MDL framework designed as well as the repertoire of all the instruments recommended aswell as a case study on its use for creative problem solving skills.

Park, K., & Okudan Kremer, G. E., & Kulturel-Konak, S., & Konak, A., & Esparragoza, I. E. (2015, June), Model of Domain Learning Based Skill Assessment: Instrument Set Flexibility Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24497

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