Capturing student's teamwork and open-ended design performance in an undergraduate multimedia engineering design class

Ann McKenna, Lydia Mongia, Alice Agogino

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The present work describes our experiences capturing student performance in the freshman design class ME39C: Multimedia Case Studies of Engineering Design, at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of the ME39C class is to facilitate students as they work in teams to develop an original web based multimedia case study of an engineering design. The paper emphasizes a qualitative approach to capturing student performance and focuses on the,process of teamwork and the interaction among students. We used a series of different methods to triangulate, compare, and evaluate student performance. Specifically we used an original web-based discussion tool student observations and interviews, and questionnaires. Initial findings revealed that information obtained by one method sometimes contradicted data obtained from another. These contradictions suggest caution when analyzing student performance based on just one point of view. The data also indicates that team work, both in terms of product and process, can and should be collected continuously throughout the semester in order to provide the necessary feedback essential to student learning and improvement. Using a variety of assessment techniques affords a more comprehensive analysis of student performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-269
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 28th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Part 3 (of 3) - Tempe, AZ, USA
Duration: Nov 4 1998Nov 7 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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