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Assessing Engineering And Technology Students' Abilities To "Communicate Effectively": Overcoming Obstacles

Marjorie Hovde
2003 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
 Assessing students' communication abilities may prove challenging to faculty members in schools of engineering and technology. This piece discusses how faculty members at one institution designed a communication assessment process that took these challenges (lack of confidence, lack of time, and a lack of a perception of benefits) into account. Several of these principles may apply to other institutions as they design programmatic communication assessment. Obstacles encountered in assessing
more » ... ered in assessing communication abilities Effective oral and written communication abilities -both visual and verbal -have long been essential to the effective functioning of engineers and engineering technologists in the workplace. 1 The Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and other external forces have recently begun requiring schools of engineering & technology (E&T) to assess whether students can "communicate effectively" as an outcome of their educations. 2 Formally assessing those abilities as outcomes provides a relatively new challenge to many institutions.
doi:10.18260/1-2--11448 fatcat:z25zwtnqs5do3agcfglmokllc4