Order from Chaos: Assessment and Evaluation of Design in a Team Environment

By John Geske.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Capstone projects have long been a mainstay of engineering and computer science curriculums. Most accredited programs utilize term-long, team-based assignments since they provide a significant design experience, and hey are an excellent mechanism to incorporate team dynamics, writing, and oral presentations into the curriculum. Assessment and evaluation of group work provides unique challenges to instructor and student alike. Instructors need a consistent mechanism to assess widely disparate and unique designs and assess individual student performances in a team framework. Students, on the other hand, are concerned that their efforts are subsumed by a group dynamic that inhibits individual creative initiatives. We examine successfully implemented mechanisms that satisfy the needs of the instructor and students. Some of the examples provided include: the incorporation of written and oral presentations into design meetings; student-led structured walkthroughs of designs; individual self-assessment and team assessment tools; student progress reports and post-mortems.

Keywords: Assessment and Evaluation, Design Experience, Team projects

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 11, pp.23-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 932.060KB).

Dr. John Geske

Department Head and Professor, Department of Computer Science, Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, USA

Dr. Geske is Head of the Computer Science Departmentat at Kettering University. He is active in program assessment and accreditation activities, most recently leading Computer Science through a successful accreditation visit. His research interests include software engineering, computational complexity, computability, and the intersection of computer science and philosophy. He has actively taught capstone courses in software engineering, and is interested in curriculum reform and the broadening of computer science into the biological fields.

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