thinking, and requiring both written answers and an evaluation of the processes used to come to those answers further suggests a focus on higher order thinking. The curriculum and the assessment could be improved by placing more emphasis on technological capabilities.

Design Team Assessments for Engineering Students



Transferable Integrated Design Engineering Education (TIDEE), a consortium of schools under the direction of Denny C. Davis, Washington State University


Assess students’ knowledge, performance, and evaluation of the design process; evaluate student teamwork and communication skills

What is measured

Student knowledge and skills in engineering design

Target population

Baccalaureate engineering students

Item format

Constructed-response, team design exercise, reflective essay

Sample size


Frequency of administration




This three-part assessment was developed in 2002. The first component, intended for early-stage baccalaureate engineering students,

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