Title

Reliability and validity of the computing professional skills assessment

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Global Journal of Engineering Education

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Abstract

© WIETE 2019 The computing professional skills assessment (CPSA) is a way to assess the non-technical student learning outcomes for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the discipline of computing. These outcomes, also known as 21st Century, transferable or general education learning outcomes are recognised as essential for employment, but they have proven a challenge to assess in a direct and integrated manner. The CPSA overcomes this challenge with its scenario-based, small group, on-line discussion, where faculty raters assess the discussion transcripts according to the criteria presented in the six-part CPSA rubric. The method has been used with more than 600 computing students over a five-year period. Here, the authors present results on the reliability and validity of the instrument. Reliability was examined through evidence-based rater discussions and analysis of interrater reliability. Validity was examined through construct, content, criterion related and concurrent forms of validity. The results provide evidence that the instrument is reliable and valid.

ISSN

1328-3154

Publisher

World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education

Volume

21

Issue

3

First Page

214

Last Page

219

Disciplines

Education

Keywords

21st Century skills, Accreditation, Learning outcomes, Programme evaluation, Quality

Scopus ID

85077913126

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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