A CASE STUDY EXPLORING THE USE OF JOURNALS TO SUPPORT STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Born, Werner Christian; Schmidt, Linda Catherine
Institution: University of Maryland, United States of America
Section: Human Behaviour in Design, Design Education
This paper presents research related to improving student assessment and monitoring team engagement in capstone design courses through the use of design journals. It is proposed that design journals can be used to obtain a more detailed understanding of the progress of individual students in design learning that graded assignments, reports, and peer evaluations cannot provide. Several metrics have been developed and are discussed to better analyze journal content. Results are presented for one team of five students and include a look at individual cognitive activities, concept referencing, and concept propagation. Patterns pertaining to less-engaged students are witnessed and discussed. By utilizing design journals, instructors can become better equipped to make a dynamic examination of a student's understanding and engagement of design principles.