Researching Engineering Capstone Courses. Part 2

With co-authors Robert Todd and Carl Sorenson, we explored accurate methods for evaluating project-based student work, using the BYU Mechanical Engineering Capstone program as a base for our research.  We presented and published through the American Society of Engineering Educators. “Evaluation of Design Work and the Achievement of Learning Outcomes in Senior Capstone Courses.

Major take-aways: “Although it is inherently difficult, robust methods for evaluating design team work can be developed. An evaluation method has been developed at BYU that includes the effects of individual learning, team performance, and individual contributions to team performance. This method minimizes the possibility for a student to skate along and obtain a satisfactory grade in the class without making significant contributions to the design project work of the team. As part of the evaluation process, independent evaluations are obtained for each of the major contributions to an individual’s grade. Examination of these independent evaluations indicates that the grades are likely to be repeatable and reliable.”

About Taylor Halverson

I love learning. I love connecting. I love interdisciplinarity.
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