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General Card #2448
Creating Value Direct Assessment: A Matrix Approach to Defining Value
Updated: 3/6/2023 3:29 PM by Rachel Kajfez
A direct assessment of student ability to create value using brainstorming, stakeholders, value categories, and value created by a communications platform.

With this work, we aimed to assess student development of an entrepreneurial mindset using the 3Cs (creating value, curiosity, and connections) individually. To do this, we assess each of the 3Cs directly and indirectly. This card is a presentation of the direct assessment of creating value we have created. In the future, we will provide links to other cards that present the other 3Cs assessments as needed.

The Assessment

The creating value direct assessment consists of a prompt and a rubric. The prompt asks students to do the following:

  1. Brainstorm and identify a communication platform to be used by an engineering team
  2. Identify value categories (e.g. economic, social, environmental, etc.)
  3. Identify stakeholders (e.g. engineering team, communication platform owners, etc.)
  4. Identify the value for each stakeholder in each corresponding value category

Students are asked to complete each step individually using the provided Excel spreadsheet. Steps 2 through 4 are completed within a matrix format, see the example below.

The rubric assesses student ability to complete each component of the prompt (steps 1 through 4) on a 4-point mastery scale (accomplished – 3, emerging – 2, developing – 1, inadequate – 0). Each component of the prompt is mapped to the EM learning outcomes creating by The Ohio State University (see Learning Objectives section below). 

Use Of Assessment

This assessment is used to track students' ability to create value over time. We will implement the assessment in both first-year design courses and capstone courses at our institution. This will allow us to track progress longitudinally and will give us insights into the effectiveness of EML integration into these courses. We have also integrated this assessment into TA training to gauge and develop their understanding of creating value before entering the classroom to aid students in EML activities.

Learning Objectives

The following learning objectives used within this assessment come from The Ohio State University EM Learning Objectives. More information and a full list of these learning objectives can be found here.

  • 4c. Identify social values, economic values, and environmental values in common business practices
  • 4b. Discuss social values, economic values, and environmental values in relation to a proposed solution to a problem.
  • 5c. Describe the features of an identified opportunity.
Instructor Tips
  • Create a version of the excel file with only the prompt to give to students.
  • Integrate excel file into online survey software to collect student demographic information along with the completed assessment file.
  • Allow students about 20 minutes to complete the assessment and suggest students spend a full 5 minutes brainstorming.
  • We recommend students have some background information on creating value (i.e. have seen vocabulary such as value categories and stakeholders) before completing the assessment.
We thank The Ohio State University Department of Engineering Education for supporting this work and their future integration of this item into our courses.
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Creating Value Direct Assessment_final.xlsx Assessment / Rubric .xlsx 3/6/2023 23.8 KB 473
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