June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
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The Coach: a Web-based Resource for Improving the Writing Skills of Engineering StudentsWhile the opportunities to create writing-intensive courses in engineering are limited, theneed for stronger writing curriculum within engineering courses is great. This need has beenshown in studies such as the Engineering Writing Initiative (EWI), which tracked thedevelopment of engineering students’ writing skills at __________ over a four-year period.In that study, the presenters identified two key deficiencies in engineering students’ writtencommunications: rhetorical skills (awareness of audience, purpose, message, and topic) andvisual communications (graphs, figures, etc.).The work begun by EWI continues with The Coach, a collaborative, NSF-funded project atthree institutions: a large state university; a small regional university; and a communitycollege. The Coach is developing a series of web-based writing instruction modules and willhelp students learn to write for audiences of engineers through sequences of writing samples,prompts, and heuristics. By emphasizing writing as a design process, The Coach will provideengineering faculty with a valuable resource for developing students’ rhetorical and visualcommunications skills. The Coach’s development is founded upon the understanding that wemust work within engineering courses to build stronger writing skills.Technical issues prevented the planned launch of The Coach in 2011, but roll-out is takingplace in fall, 2012. This paper will describe in detail the state of development, curricularintroduction, and preliminary assessment of The Coach.
Beams, D. M., & Niiler, L., & Todd, B., & Brown, M., & Warren, G. W. (2013, June), The Coach: a Web-based Resource for Improving the Writing Skills of Engineering Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22558
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