Creating Common Instruments to Evaluate Education and Diversity Impacts across Three Engineering Research Centers

Zhen Zhao, Adam Carberry, Wendy Barnard, Alison Cook-Davis, Michelle Jordan, Jean Larson, Megan O'Donnell, Wilhelmina Savenye

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Abstract

This Innovative Practice Work in Progress paper presents the collaborative efforts made by three NSF-funded Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to synthesize common tools for educational program evaluation. The aim of the NSF ERCs is to achieve transformative changes by integrating engineering research and education with technological innovation within areas at the frontiers of science and engineering (e.g., NSF's 10 Big Ideas). Such centers across the nation study and innovate within their technical area using similar structures and implementation strategies, including the coordination of educational endeavors. Independent partners are enlisted as part of these centers to evaluate education and diversity impacts annually. Each center typically performs this task in isolation from other such centers. The effort required to create resources for such evaluation outcome can result in redundancy and an inability for psychometric analysis due to small available populations within a single center. This paper elaborates on the ongoing efforts of this collaborative research aimed at addressing these issues by creating a streamlined, customizable, and standardized set of evaluation instruments that can be applied to any ERC evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityCovington
Period10/16/1910/19/19

Keywords

  • engineering research centers
  • evaluation
  • instrument development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Zhao, Z., Carberry, A., Barnard, W., Cook-Davis, A., Jordan, M., Larson, J., O'Donnell, M., & Savenye, W. (2019). Creating Common Instruments to Evaluate Education and Diversity Impacts across Three Engineering Research Centers. In 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 [9028711] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2019-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE43999.2019.9028711