The Future of Engineering Education

Posted on December 10, 2005  Comments (0)

The future of engineering education an interview with Emma Shepherdson who studied this topic for her doctorate at MIT.

The student’s experience is not passive, she is forced to engage in a dialogue with the module as she proceeds through it. Her progress is fully controlled, ensuring she interacts appropriately with the material; and yet the environment still allows for a sense of play and experimentation. This effectively engages the student through continuous deep feedback, tailored specifically to the student’s own interaction with the material.

Also on the ARUP site: Time to push the secret art of engineering by Richard Haryott:

In the United Kingdom alone, applications in most disciplines – and certainly those in the built environment – have fallen by some 50 per cent in five years and they are still falling.

The problem is not confined to the UK but effects, to a greater or lesser extent, much of the western world. There are, no doubt, many reasons for this. Arguably one of the greatest is that the understanding that engineering is a highly creative art – albeit one requiring a deep understanding of the exciting sciences that underpin it – remains something of a secret.

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