Training Writing Tutors to Improve Their Support for Engineering Students' Technical Reports

Ruth Pflueger, Jonathan Meckley, Robert Weissbach, Corinne Renguette

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Abstract

This Research-to-Practice Full Paper expands upon prior work to improve the engagement of engineering students with peer writing tutors and improve tutor feedback on engineering students' technical reports. Before meeting with the engineering students, tutors received focused training from both the engineering course instructor and the writing tutor supervisor. In the prior research, all students completed the same assignment and met with writing tutors with their individual lab reports. In this iteration, the research was expanded to group lab reports in a multi-semester capstone course sequence, where the uniqueness of each project introduces additional dynamics. Strategies such as student elevator speeches and an additional tutor training session are employed to help improve the engagement during the tutoring session. Selected quantitative and qualitative results indicate an improved level of student-tutor engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728117461
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 - Covington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2019Oct 19 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Conference

Conference49th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityCovington
Period10/16/1910/19/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Pflueger, R., Meckley, J., Weissbach, R., & Renguette, C. (2019). Training Writing Tutors to Improve Their Support for Engineering Students' Technical Reports. In 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2019 [9028674] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE; Vol. 2019-October). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE43999.2019.9028674