June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
24.1070.1 - 24.1070.18
Scenario and Scoring Sheet Development for Engineering Professional Skill AssessmentThe Engineering Professional Skill Assessment (EPSA) was created as a direct method foreliciting and measuring ABET professional skills as described in criterion 3 student outcomes.EPSA is a performance assessment consisting of: 1) a 1-2 page scenario about aninterdisciplinary contemporary engineering problem intended to prompt discussion among agroup of 5-6 students; 2) a 45- minute discussion period where students are asked to address aseries of generic questions about the scenario; 3) an analytical rubric; and 4) a set of scenario-specific notes about what constitutes exemplary performance. This method and assessment toolcan be used at the course level for developing engineering professional skills and providingfeedback, as well as at the program level for data collection and accreditation reporting purposes.The EPSA project is currently in the third year of a four year National Science Foundationsponsored validity study.In addition to describing the current inventory of scenarios, this paper outlines best practices andprovides an assessment tool for crafting timely, relevant, and engaging scenarios. This paper alsoincludes a score sheet that can be used to provide real-time feedback to students immediatelyfollowing a group discussion. The current version of the analytic rubric used for rating audiotranscripts for program-level assessment purposes is provided as well. These practices and toolsare illustrated in conjunction with a sample scenario about modern challenges in managingelectronic waste. Finally, recommendations are given for EPSA implementation with students atall levels of the engineering curriculum. This includes comparison of the EPSA method againstother scenario-based assessment methods in literature. Feedback from numerous faculty users areintegrated in this discussion.
McCormack, J. P., & Beyerlein, S. W., & Ater Kranov, A., & Pedrow, P. D., & Schmeckpeper, E. R. (2014, June), Scenario and Scoring Sheet Development for Engineering Professional Skill Assessment Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23003
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