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Web Based Engineering Portfolio System

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Computers in Education Poster Session

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8.1293.1 - 8.1293.11



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Matthew Campbell

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Session 1520

Web-Based Engineering Portfolio System

Matthew I. Campbell Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 78712

Christene Moore Lecturer, Engineering Communication Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 78712

1 Introduction

Increasingly, engineering educators recognize the pedagogical value of student projects. Although exams, class exercises, and homework can effectively measure a student’s mastery of facts and formulas, these sorts of assessment tools do not encourage students to develop their analytical capabilities, nor do they measure a student’s ability to understand and apply what he or she has learned. Projects, in contrast, allow educators to emphasize, “the important role that experience plays in the learning process” (Kolb1). In an endeavor to foster projects in our classes, the Mechanical Engineering Department at UT has initiated PROject CEntered Education, PROCEED (Schmidt and Beaman2), which is intended to encourage both teachers and students to focus more on course projects, is a multi-faceted, department-wide program involving curricular innovations at all levels. The backbone of those innovations is a web-based portfolio system that allows students to document their educational progress. The PROCEED portfolio system provides students with a format to record their course work, present projects, and evaluate their own educational progress.

The system is intended to accomplish several goals. First, portfolios provide students with a bookkeeping center that will allow them to keep track of their courses, projects, and educational objectives without presenting the results to the public. Second, students will be able to use the portfolio not only to keep track of courses they have taken, but also to reflect on their Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Campbell, M. (2003, June), Web Based Engineering Portfolio System Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12024

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