Season 1 : Episode 2 - Published September 29, 2020

Adaptability of the Content, Assessment, and Pedagogy (CAP) Framework in a Digital Age with Dr. Ruth Streveler

The CAP Framework is widely known in the engineering education community. It is focused on alignment of content, assessment, and pedagogy to progress towards learning objectives and is frequently used as an approach to curriculum development in engineering courses. Dr. Streveler talks to us about her personal experience with online teaching, ways the CAP framework can be used to rethink course design in an online environment, and the importance of social-emotional support in online instruction.

References mentioned in this episode:

Streveler, R.A. & Smith, K.A. (2020). (COVID-19 Issue) Opinion: Course design in the time of coronavirus: Put on your designer’s CAP. Advances in Engineering Education: 8 (4), 2020.

Streveler, R. A., Smith, K. A., & Pilotte, M. (2012). Aligning course content, assessment, and delivery: Creating a context for outcome-based education. In Outcome-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education: Innovative practices (pp. 1-26). IGI Global.


Dr. Ruth A. Streveler is a Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Streveler has been the Principle Investigator or co-Principle Investigator of ten grants funded by the US National Science Foundation. She is an Associated Editor for the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), has published articles in the JEE and the International Journal of Engineering Education, and contributed two chapters to the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. She has presented workshops to over 500 engineering faculty on four continents. Dr. Streveler’s primary research interests are investigating students’ understanding of difficult concepts in engineering science and helping engineering faculty conduct rigorous research in engineering education.