A Model for the Evaluation of Innovative Engineering Courseware: Engineering an Assessment Program


This paper describes a general model for assessment of instructional innovations used by the University of Missouri - Rolla's Media Design and Assessment Laboratory and an example of the model's application. This model is based on three themes: a) iterative assessment with ongoing feedback; b) triangulation of multiple outcome and process measures; and c) progressive application of multiple experimental methodologies. The model was applied in the form of two experiments that took place during the early stages of an on-going project that includes the development of multimedia modules for Basic Engineering Mechanics of Materials classes. The model's themes and components are presented, followed by a discussion of the example experimental methodology, results, and consequent recommendations.

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American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (2002: Jun. 16-19, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


Business and Information Technology

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Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Third Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Fourth Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Learning innovation; Multimedia modulus; Rolla's Media design; Curricula; Distance education; Multimedia systems; Professional aspects; Societies and institutions; Students; Engineering education

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jun 2002