Resources for Teaching Engineering Communication and Related Professional Skills

Below are a variety of resources for planning and implementing written, oral, and visual communication in engineering curricula. If you have additional resources you'd like to add, or specific topics you'd like resources for, please email Marie Paretti.

Curriculum Design

Communication in Engineering Curricula - A special issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Guidelines for Writing (and Teaching Writing) in Engineering and the Sciences

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students - guidelines and sample for a variety of common documents

LabWrite - a very effective NSF-funded site developed at North Carolina State University to walk students through the process of writing lab reports

Calibrated Peer Review - a web-based resource to support writing assignments in large and small classes through effective peer review

BioTAP: Biological Thesis Assessment Protocol - a teaching and assessment tool developed at Duke University to support students in developed undergraduate research and capstone project reports

Online Handbook - Engineering Communication Program @ the University of Toronto - a detailed online handbook for writing in the sciences and engineering

Engineering Words - a site for student engineering writing from Cornell University, with a range of writing samples and guides

Becoming an Effective Presenter in Engineering and the Sciences - guidelines and examples from Penn State's Leonhard Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education

Writing in Engineering - Writing guides developed by the Writing Program at Colorado State University

Principles of Science Writing - developed by SciText Cambridge to provide guidelines for writing scientific journal articles

Transferable Integrated Design Engineering Education - Course materials for communication assignments in engineering design courses

Assessing Student Writing - resources from George Mason to help faculty assess student writing and talk with each other about what "good writing" means.

Teaching and Evaluating Teamwork

CATME and TeamMaker - Online tools for assigning students to teams based on specified criteria and for conducting peer and self-evaluations of team performance

Transferable Integrated Design Engineering Education - Course materials for teamwork in engineering design courses

Virginia Tech Campus Resources

The Writing Center - tutoring for writing projects

The C omm Lab - tutoring for presentations

Sample Curricula and Programs

MSE/ESM Communications Program

Professional Writing Program (English Dept)

Virginia Tech Faculty Contacts

Angelo Biviano, Mining Writing and Communications Program Coordinator

Marie Paretti, MSE/ESM Engineering Communications Program Director

Marlene Preston, Comm Lab Director