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“The Engineer as Leader” Course Design and AssessmentThis paper describes and discusses the assessment of a course developed and offered in responseto the needs of industry and society in general for those with engineering skills to assumeleadership roles. This course uses the constructivist pedagogical model and was designed withthe goal of “significant learning experiences.”The basic components of the course are a series of readings (24), videos (10), and interactionswith practicing engineering leaders applying a “leaders teaching leaders” approach (5) used asprobes to elicit responses from students who then reflect upon and discuss the issues. This isintended to build a vocabulary of leadership concepts that directly relates to their currentcognitive and affective structures. Additionally there are several team lead workshops (10)designed to develop team management skills for the whole class (group decision making,presentations, conflict resolution, meeting management, and project planning and scheduling,etc.). Each of these experiences and activities is examined at the immediate and direct level thenviewed “from the balcony” for analysis.Multiple direct and indirect assessments of leadership development and skill mastery are used.These include detailed peer assessments using the new leadership vocabularies, progress inpersonal skill development, written examinations of skills, peer assessments and feedback fromteam members.
Malzahn, D. E., & Whitman, L. E., & Toro-Ramos, Z. (2011, June), “The Engineer as Leader” Course Design and Assessment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17292
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