June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
24.1321.1 - 24.1321.7
Using an Engineering Design Process Portfolio Scoring Rubric to Structure Online High School Engineering EducationWith the increasing U.S. emphasis upon science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)education, school systems are working to add to the curriculum the K-12 system’s leastrepresented STEM element – engineering. This paper describes an ongoing effort to use onlineeducation to deliver a first semester, first year undergraduate engineering design course to highschool students in a set of school systems. The online course uses a mix of asynchronous andsynchronous online delivery methods for instruction. This paper will describe the structure ofthe online learning environment used to engage high school students in engineering designlearning online.The online course also uses a recently developed engineering design process suite of scoringrubrics to guide and assess student instruction in engineering design. This paper will describethe suite of scoring rubrics. Throughout the semester, students are grouped with other students attheir high school into design groups that work together on a design and build activity guided bythe engineering design process. Student work on the design project is divided into four majorassignments that lead the students’ exploration of the design process, from problem identificationand investigation, to prototype construction and evaluation. Students organize their designprocess submissions using an electronic portfolio system. This paper will describe the electronicportfolio system.While the use of college instruction to bring engineering education to the K-12 environment isnot scalable, the current effort is demonstrating how engineering education could be delivered toschool systems in instances where properly trained engineering educators are not available. It isalso generating high school student design portfolios that can be used as part of a national efforttargeted at fully developing and validating a suite of engineering design scoring rubrics that havethe potential to become accepted guides to K-12 instruction in engineering design. Finally, thecurrent effort is supporting the continued development of a web-based electronic portfoliosystem that can be used by students nationally to organize and archive their engineering designwork for a set of future uses by the students.
Groves, J. F., & Abts, L. R., & Goldberg, G. L. (2014, June), Using an Engineering Design Process Portfolio Scoring Rubric to Structure Online High School Engineering Education Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/23254
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