The Journal of Applied Instructional Design
This paper describes the two-year implementation evaluation of a problem-based engineering design challenge held in a virtual world. The team-based challenge was designed and facilitated by an aerospace research and education institute for middle and high school student competitors in both classrooms and afterschool programs across the U.S. An independent evaluation team examined participant experiences to consider the strengths of the challenge, as well as recommendations to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of future challenges. Overall, the evaluation team found that the problem-centered design challenge offered the student competitors a unique and valuable opportunity to engage in real-life science and engineering problems with the support of advanced science, technology, and engineering resources and college-level and professional experts. Recommendations centered on needed adjustments to achieve and prepare for growth, support for teams, assessment refinement, and collaboration and other technology enhancements
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Original Publication Citation
Maddrell, J. A., Watson, G. S., & Morrison, G. R. (2013). Virtual world problem-centered challenge evaluation. The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, 3(1), 33-46.
Maddrell, Jennifer A.; Watson, Ginger S.; and Morrison, Gary R., "Virtual World Problem-Centered Challenge Evaluation" (2013). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 235.