Peer Evaluation in Chemical Engineering Capstone Design Via Wikis


  • Caryn L. Heldt Michigan Technological University


Inter-group peer evaluation through wikis was implemented as a method for senior capstone design teams to improve writing and the critical evaluation of data. Each group was evaluated by peers using a qualitative discussion and evaluated quantitatively by instructors. Students had an increased interest in contributing to online knowledge centers, like Wikipedia, after the wiki evaluations. This technology may promote lifelong learning and general knowledge contributions by our students.

Author Biography

Caryn L. Heldt, Michigan Technological University

is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University. She completed a post-doc at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, received her Ph.D. and M. S.from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in chemistry and chemical engineering from Michigan Tech. Her education interests include incorporating Web 2.0 technologies into the classroom. Her research interests include the removal, purification, and detection of viruses and the study of protein aggregation as related to diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease.