Wiki Technology as a Design Tool for a Capstone Design Course


  • Kevin R. Hadley Vanderbilt University
  • Kenneth A. Debelak Vanderbilt University


Technology is a key component to the net generation’s social, study, and professional skills. It is prudent to investigate the applications of new technology in education. In this study, a wiki was incorporated into a senior design course, and its utility was investigated with respect to process design. The results of the study indicate wikis improved organization and interaction between the groups and the class supervisors. Also, wikis potentially can contribute towards pedagogical research and learning assessment.

Author Biographies

Kevin R. Hadley, Vanderbilt University

Kevin R. Hadley is currently a Ph.D. student in the chemical and biomolecular engineering program at Vanderbilt University. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He will defend his thesis in the summer of 2009 and plans on pursuing a career in academia, thereafter. His teaching interests include engineering design and thermodynamics, and his research interests are in multi-scale modeling and self-assembling systems.

Kenneth A. Debelak, Vanderbilt University

Kenneth A. Debelak is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He received his B.E. (1969) from the University of Dayton and M.S. (1973) & Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Kentucky. His research interests are process modeling and control and application of supercritical fluids.