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Using Computer-Mediated Peer Review in an Engineering Design Course

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Carlson, P.A. ; Humanities & Social Sci. Dept., Rose-Hulman Inst. of Technol., Terre Haute, IN ; Berry, F.C.

Writing, especially when accompanied by feedback and revision, is a powerful enhancer for learning, as the writing-to-learn literature attests. Yet, writing as a vehicle for learning seldom appears in engineering content courses. We relate our experiences with a pilot program in engineering design funded through the National Science Foundation. Specifically, we focus on using Calibrated Peer Review as a platform for formative and summative assessment of integrated writing assignments in targeted courses. Our results show that students improved their skills in elements of engineering design and in writing. Additionally, assessment of the learning outcomes from the targeted courses were used successfully to document accreditation board for engineering and technology's criterion EC3 (g), "ability to communicate effectively," in our latest accreditation cycle.

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 3 )