June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Cooperative & Experiential Education
12.1124.1 - 12.1124.12
ONLINE ASSESSMENT AND LEARNING INSTRUMENTS FOR COOPERATIVE EDUCATION STUDENTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF CO-OP DATA TO ABET Abstract –The cooperative education programs managed by the Division of Professional Practice at the University of Cincinnati are academic programs committed to offer an education that meets ABET 2000 criteria. Cooperative education offers an opportunity for universities to assess at a formative level how well academic programs prepare students for career-related work experiences. An important goal of the University of Cincinnati is to provide improved market feedback to the degree granting departments to insure the department can meet the ever changing needs of industry. The online assessment tools described in this paper will help to close this feedback loop.
The introduction of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education Engineering Criteria 2000 (ABET EC 2000) comprises a considerable milestone in the evolution of engineering and engineering technology education. The new ABET criteria strongly accentuate a sensitivity to market needs. Measurement, feedback and continuous improvement form the corner stones of the ABET EC 2000 philosophy. 1
Cooperative education and internship programs have historically collected employer and student performance evaluation data each term. These evaluations have been used to reflect on and improve student or employer performance, however, the data has not been used in a formal way to provide feedback to engineering departments relative to academic educational goals, nor were the assessment tools designed to do so. 2
Cooperative education evaluation data has become increasingly important to engineering department administration as part of the overall measurement of the departmental education quality. This primarily stems from the fact that co-op programs work very closely with engineering employers soliciting their feedback on a term by term basis throughout the co-op process. Immediate feedback on market needs can be gained through the proper use of co-op evaluations. Therefore, great emphasis has been placed on developing evaluation criteria that meet the needs of the cooperative education programs and the ABET needs of the college or university. The University of Cincinnati (UC), along with many engineering cooperative education and internship programs recognized this assessment need, and developed new assessment tools in the late nineties in anticipation of the new ABET 2000 engineering criteria.
Until 2003, evaluations were gathered on paper, making the charge of analyzing and summarizing feedback for the departments a time consuming, if even possible task. The ease of using online data collection and evaluation tools has greatly
Cates, C., & Todd, A. (2007, June), Online Assessment And Learning Instruments For Cooperative Education Students: The Importance Of Co Op Data To Abet Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1764
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