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5 Times in a Career When Academics Should Hire a Coach

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 7:01 PM

The use of executive or leadership coaches has become an accepted and widespread practice in private corporations, non-profits, and government, and the reasons are becoming clearer (here). When individuals are coached, they become more effective at work and at home with notable improvements in both their task &...

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The Joy of Vulnerability: Public, Personal & Otherwise

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:33 PM

After finishing up a post over at Big Beacon on Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators (here), I was reflecting about the notion of vulnerability and the ways in which we are vulnerable both publicly and privately. To summarize, the blogpost was a riff on Brene Brown's Power of...

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Expertise and the Beauty of Not Knowing

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Since World War II, we have lived in a world of experts and expertise, and for an expert, not knowing gets a bad rap. Actually, its worse than that. For an expert, the very idea of not knowing challenges one's self-image, one's entire story of oneself. After all experts are...

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Journey to the Center of Our Brains

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 3:16 PM

An earlier blogpost (here) argued for authentically discussing the emotional phenomena of education transformation with emotional language in place of the usual rational code words of educational discourse. That post discussed Brene Brown's work and offered her TED talk on the Power of Vulnerability. This post continues in...

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5 Enemies of Transformative Educational Change

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:48 PM

There is widespread talk about transformative change in engineering education. A variety of visions of what engineering and engineering education should become have been put forward, and governments the world over have thrown or are throwing millions if not billions of dollars to change engineering education, but as the French...

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Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 1:02 PM

I was giving a short workshop to PhD students at the National University of Singapore on Thursday, and the title was Mastering the Leadership, Organizational, and Emotional Challenges of a Career in Teaching or Research. This particular offering was two, three-hour sessions covering the noticing, listening, questioning (NLQ), and story...

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Engineering Education in a Not-Too-Distant Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 1:27 PM

In the year 2023. The year is 2023, and engineering has become the education of choice for an increasing number of college-bound high school seniors. Where once top students aspired to business, law, or medicine, engineering is now seen as both a prestigious and balanced liberal education in a human-centered...

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From Consumption to Creation: A New Way to Think About Ownership in Engineering Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:49 AM

For generations, engineering education -- and education in all disciplines for that matter -- has been a consumption process. The role of the student is to sit, observe, and absorb while the instructor "pours" knowledge into eager minds. Such an...

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Four Pillars of Engineering Education Reform that Will Attract (and Graduate) More Students

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Over the last few decades, much time and energy has gone toward reform efforts in engineering education. This work has yielded a great deal of insight into the relative effectiveness of different teaching approaches, and has led to calls for the adoption of experimentally validated pedagogies in STEM (science, technology,...

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A Different Kind of Diversity: The Changing Face of Engineering Education

(10) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:59 PM

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In the U.S. and abroad, calls abound for attracting students to engineering in high school, for providing incentives to students to complete their engineering degrees, and for increasing funding for engineering programs. Why? The argument is simple:...

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Three Habits at Three Levels for Improved Engineering Education

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Students in advanced economies today want to become anything but engineers (A.B.E.) and often choose to become lawyers, physicians, or businesspeople instead. Even those who do study engineering sometimes leave because (1) they are unable to align their aspirations with the subject matter as taught, and (2) a hostile, dismissive,...

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Below the Waterline: A Deep Dive to Rethink Engineering Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 12:58 PM

If we think of engineering education as an iceberg, many educators are focused on the visible part of the iceberg -- the part above the waterline. As such, they teach students the known elements of existing science, math, engineering science, etc., thus leading students on a path of "mastery of...

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Ten Steps to a Whole New Engineer and a Whole New Engineering Education: Part 2

(5) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 2:19 PM

In the first installment of this article, we discussed the ways in which engineering is increasingly not the career avenue of choice for an array of talented young people who might otherwise make terrific engineers; we suggested how this situation could be reversed by adopting a new vision of the whole...

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Ten Steps to a Whole New Engineer and a Whole New Engineering Education

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 10:38 AM

We live in a technological time. With nearly 7 billion people on the planet (and counting), we depend upon technology in almost every aspect of our lives. Billions are clothed, healed, fed, transported, connected, entertained, and employed through increasingly complex products, processes, and systems. And while technology is in one...
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Engineering Students Can Do X

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 9:42 AM

One of the many blessings in my life has been my ability to travel and help transform engineering education around the world. These experiences have given me some insight into today's engineering students and have helped me see that no matter where we live, we're not so different after all....
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