Title

Direct competency testing - Is it for you?

Abstract

A pedagogical tool, Direct Competency Testing, has been developed to measure the ability of engineering students to find correct solutions to simple problems in a small number of specific "competency" areas for each course. Competency is demonstrated by finding a completely correct solution to at least one test problem in the stated area. Students must demonstrate competency in at least three areas to pass the course and in all areas to receive a grade of "A" regardless of their performance on regular course exams. Direct Competency Testing not only serves as a measure of individual student ability in the classroom, it also provides a convenient means of documenting program outcomes for the coming EC2000 accreditation process. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it helps to prepare students for the practice of engineering where completely correct solutions are the only acceptable solutions.

Publication Title

ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

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