Can we use web technology to crowdsource perspectives on engineering problem solving?
The explicit goal of this project is to develop a web portal that will support the collection of evaluative feedback about engineering problem solving. The web portal should allow for the uploading of videos, images, pdfs, etc. – any “artifacts” that derive from problem solving episodes.
Once such data is collected and contained, invited evaluators should be able to review those problem solving episodes (videos) and related artifacts (pdfs, images) and provide feedback and evaluation. Ideally, this feedback and evaluation should be correlated to a specific video timestamp and/or part of the artifacts.
The project will focus on development of the front end and user experience to meet the application needs (the backend is already set up for managing the uploaded data.) The broad context of this project is the understanding and development of engineering problem solving skills, which can be considered on multiple dimensions, like conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, translating theory to practice, cognition, critical thinking, metacognition, and professional competencies. The problem solvers could include students, faculty, and practicing engineers. We want to build a portal that allows a variety of perspectives – students, instructors, practicing engineers – to comment on problem solving episodes. We see this portal as being able to support specific, yet to be defined research questions, whose exploration will help to inform pedagogical practices in engineering.
A web portal prototype that can meet requirements and be demonstrated as part of a final presentation.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Can work as an individual or small group|
|Who is eligible||Some exposure to web development technologies|
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