Dr Frank is involved in engineering curriculum development, program assessment, and developing educational technology, as well as higher education research and development initiatives.
These initiatives include the Bay View Alliance (the leadership of cultural change for increasing the adoption of evidence-based teaching methods at universities; the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium project; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Large Classes using Model Eliciting Activities; and the Tuning project.
He is currently coordinating the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development Project, working with National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, to develop national guidelines and resources for outcomes assessment in engineering education.
His teaching interest is project based courses, and he currently coordinates a core first year course in engineering design for all undergraduates
Dr Frank’s presentation described interim results halfway through a 4-year longitudinal study of how engineering students develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
The sample included approximately 400 students in a mid-sized research intensive Canadian institution.
The students were assessed using multiple approaches, including standardized tests, in-course activities, surveys, and course artefacts scored by a trained team using program-wide rubrics.
The SHEER Centre was pleased to host Dr Brian Frank as the first 2016 Sounding Board Scholar.