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Consistently Evaluating Sketching Ability in Engineering Curriculum

Consistently Evaluating Sketching Ability in Engineering Curriculum

Year: 2016

Editor: Julie Linsey, Maria Yang, and Yukari Nagai

Author: Ethan Hilton1, Blake Williford2, Wayne Li2, Erin McTigue3, Tracy Hammond4 and Julie Linsey1

ISBN: 978-1-904670-82-7

Abstract

Numerous studies have found sketching to be a useful skill for engineers. Sketching has been found to improve spatial visualization skills and help increase creativity in the design process. Therefore, in recent semesters, there has been a push to further develop the sketching instruction at Georgia Tech. This development has included introducing different methods of sketching, such as perspective sketching, and introducing new tools, such as sketch-based online tutoring applications. However, a consistent, trusted method to accurately evaluate students’ sketching ability does not yet exist. This study outlines the first steps taken to create a rubric that can be used to create consistent evaluations of students’ sketching abilities. A reliable and valid rubric will allow for evaluation of different methods of sketching education as well as to help to determine the links between sketching ability and other skills such as design reasoning, creativity in idea generation, and self-efficacy.

Keywords: Sketching, evaluation metric, assessment development

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