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Tools For Authentic Assessment Used In The Active Learning In The Virtual Enterprise System (Alive)

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Page Count

12

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11.1344.1 - 11.1344.12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--835

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https://peer.asee.org/835

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Paul Stanfield North Carolina A&T State University

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Paul Stanfield is an Associate Professor and Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Stanfield received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from NC State and an M.B.A. from UNC-Greensboro.

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Caroline Moineau North Carolina A&T State University

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Caroline Moineau is a doctoral student at North Carolina A & T State University. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina A & T State University.

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Shona Morgan North Carolina A&T State University

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Shona Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration at North Carolina A&T State University. She received her B. S. from Spelman College, and M. S. and Ph. D. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Silvanus Udoka North Carolina A&T State University

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Silvanus J. Udoka is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Department Business Administration at North Carolina A&T State University. He received his B. S. from Weber State University, and M. S. and Ph. D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University.

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Tools for Authentic Assessment Used in the Active Learning in the Virtual Enterprise System (ALIVE)

1. Introduction

The Active Learning In the Virtual Enterprise (ALIVE) system is an NSF CCLI sponsored effort to teach systems thinking, information technology, and business skills while integrating curriculum and disciplines. The Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a full scale manufacturing supply chain, integrated using information technology, and producing an actual product (desk clocks). Departmental laboratories are organized as business departments within the enterprise including engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and distribution.

ALIVE is a set of about twenty web-based learning modules, essentially short internships in different functional areas of the VE. As with an internship, students are given objectives, introduced to the business function, shown how the function is integrated using IT, exposed to economic and other systems issues, tested individually for comprehension, then asked to work on a team to achieve some business purpose. Students perform one or two learning modules of progressive difficulty in each undergraduate Industrial Engineering class; sometimes in conjunction with other disciplines such as business. ALIVE provides a practical and consistent means of developing realistic problem solving skills in engineering and business students reaching a variety of learning styles.

Student assessment within the ALIVE system is achieved through an authentic assessment process. The process uses instructor, industry, and student/peer feedback according to the six levels of authentic assessment: Basic Knowledge, Inquiry, Explanation, Problem-solving, Representation of Knowledge, and Metacognition. Rubrics are developed for each evaluation source to encourage development of skills relevant to practice throughout the curriculum. A scoring mechanism is described to alleviate the tension in student peer assessment between loyalty and honesty. Though this paper focuses on student assessment, system assessment is summarized.

2. Background

2.1 Engineering Education

The nature of engineering practice has changed significantly over the last three decades. The pace of change, driven by increased competitive pressures, has been particularly intense over the last decade. However, engineering education has not changed appreciably over that period. The

Stanfield, P., & Moineau, C., & Morgan, S., & Udoka, S. (2006, June), Tools For Authentic Assessment Used In The Active Learning In The Virtual Enterprise System (Alive) Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--835

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