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is a Tenured Associated Professor and Group Leader for the Computer Science
Cooperative Education Group in the Department of Cooperative Education.
He has over 35 years of involvement with developing educational curriculum:
Writing behavioral objectives for usage in a high school mathematics curriculum
and more recently developing skills assessment tools for the work component
of the Computer Science Curriculum in the College of Computer Science.
His research efforts have been in the area of assessment. Using the curriculum
objectives from the College of Computer Science as the conceptual foundation,
he and his colleague Mark Erickson have developed and implemented a number
of self-reported assessment instruments to measure where computer science
students learn and use 58 identified skills (classroom and/or workplace).
An employer version and a faculty version of the skills assessment instrument
were developed an implemented. The comparison findings of the surveys
were very encouraging. He continues to expand the assessment research
to reflect changes in the Computer Science curriculum. His Learning Community
proposal was titled, "Developing Assessment Tools in the Computer
During the past eight months, as a member of the Learning Community he
has continued his research efforts to develop and create better methods
of measuring the defined skills/knowledge outcomes beyond the self-reporting
format. He is working on a new approach to determine objective quantitative
measurements for the skill/knowledge attainment. This new approach will
be a more precise method of assessing skills. During the Learning Community
involvement he has piloted three new assessment instruments for collecting
student and employer co-op evaluation information. He has been conducting
an extensive review of the literature on measurable criteria for learning
objectives in computing and is working on a proposal for developing digital
electronic portfolios based on criteria measurements.