July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Design in Engineering Education
Senior Design or "Capstone" projects are an important aspect of undergraduate activity in engineering disciplines as they consist of a culminating major design experience incorporating appropriate engineering standards and multiple constraints, based upon skills acquired in earlier course work. Capstone activities include gathering requirements, technical design, presentations, and written documentation. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas State University hosted a “Senior Design Day” at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, in which projects and student presentations were showcased. At peak, over 450 individuals attended this event, providing large audiences for student presentations. Attendees were also given the opportunity to evaluate student projects and to provide feedback regarding the event. With the social distancing directives from the university and local government during the pandemic, Senior Design Day became a virtual event. This work in progress compares past events held in person events vs. two events that were conducted virtually. The research also compares the virtual event with pre-recorded presentations vs. one held with synchronous video presentations. Participant and visitor evaluations and feedback are compared, as significantly more feedback was received for the virtual events than for the in-person events. The differences in how project sponsors, faculty, and students participated in each type of Senior Design Day is compared and discussed. Some elements of a virtual event provided improvements to the experience and their application to post-pandemic Senior Design Days is discussed. Finally, a review of lessons learned from the 2018 evaluation of this event, Texas State University, is discussed along with recommendations.
Compeau, C. R., & Talley, A. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Senior Design Day During a Pandemic: Virtually the Same as In-person? Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/38196
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