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Engineering Education

What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

The Power of Skype to Inspire a New Generation of STEM

Heather Heenehan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Heather Heenehan

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to use and explore Skype in the Classroom and to witness its incredible power to inspire students throughout the disciplines.

3 Challenges for Engineering in K-12

Cecilia Corral | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Cecilia Corral

An engineering curriculum is often thought of as a separate subject, but it doesn't have to be. The reality is that engineers may need psychologists, artists and writers to complement their skills and deliver a project.

5 Times in a Career When Academics Should Hire a Coach

David Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
David Goldberg

Given that universities do not yet pay for coaching, to what extent does the coach accommodate those who are paying out of their own pockets?

The Joy of Vulnerability: Public, Personal & Otherwise

David Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
David Goldberg

After finishing up a post over at Big Beacon on Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators, I was reflecting about the notion of vulnerability and the ways in which we are vulnerable both publicly and privately.

Expertise and the Beauty of Not Knowing

David Goldberg | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
David Goldberg

For an expert, the very idea of not knowing challenges one's self-image, one's entire story of oneself. After all experts are people who have learned and now know a lot about some particular subject, and experts are judged as good or bad depending on the extent of that knowledge.

Journey to the Center of Our Brains

David Goldberg | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
David Goldberg

As Taylor discusses the progress of her stroke, she tells a story of those other worlds, of connection, of oneness, of a quiet mind, and of surrender. It's a beautiful description, and an important one.

5 Enemies of Transformative Educational Change

David Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2013 | College
David Goldberg

The first order of business in approaching engineering education change is to stop making it simpler than it is. Let's think more carefully about how we're going to change at the same time we think about what we would like to change.

Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators

David Goldberg | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
David Goldberg

Let's use emotional words to talk about emotional processes in educational reform. If we do this, the cool thing is that we will hasten the day when we educate wholehearted engineers and wholehearted engineering educators, both.

Creating, Tinkering, Inventing and Imagining Our Way to the Top

Dori Roberts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Dori Roberts

If you were to peek into a preschool classroom, you'd find kids whose hands would be busy and whose minds would be racing with different creative possibilities: A rollercoaster using foam pipe insulation! A rocket from a plastic water bottle! These kids are engineers. Most just don't know it.

Engineering Education in a Not-Too-Distant Day

David Goldberg | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
David Goldberg

The year is 2023, and engineering has become the education of choice for an increasing number of college-bound high school seniors.

Conjuring a High-Tech Labor Shortage

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Microsoft and countless other employers are making a conscious business decision to commoditize work, and turn to the labor market to satisfy their precise demand, just-in-time. But if, as a result, they have a "problem" with labor shortage, it's a problem of their own making.

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

Mark Somerville | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education
Mark Somerville

If we're going to re-frame engineering education as creation rather than consumption, we need to address a deep framing issue: how the student and the instructor think about education itself.

Defense Department Threatened By STEM Worker Shortfall, Report Warns

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Citing a potential shortfall in quality STEM workers, a report from the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council urges the Depart...

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

Mark Somerville | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education
Mark Somerville

We need to address values because they are critical for enabling real change in engineering education. After all, if you try to make a change in pedagogy or content without addressing the underlying value system, you are likely to fail.

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

David Goldberg | Posted 10.24.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

We face unprecedented global challenges and opportunities, from the need for clean water and clean energy to fighting cyber terrorism. These challenges demand new ideas, and one obvious approach is simply to increase volume.

Three Habits at Three Levels for Improved Engineering Education

David Goldberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

The future needs more capable engineers, yet the system as it is now scares many off before they start or convinces those who start not to continue.

Below the Waterline: A Deep Dive to Rethink Engineering Education

David Goldberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

If the goal is to educate people for a full life, then we need to broaden our focus and educate in the areas that don't involve known facts. In other words, we need to look below the waterline.

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

David Goldberg | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

Increasing numbers of students, faculty, engineers, and their employers are coming together to help ensure that we have the kinds of engineers our world needs now and in the future.

Calling All Girls (Part Two): Their Future, Our Responsibility

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

If game developers are going to be able to deliver the products that will "speak" to their core market, it behooves them to add more women to their employee ranks.

Calling All Girls: The Video Gaming Industry Offers Exceptional Opportunities to Young Women

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 06.24.2012 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The game industry is -- or should be -- a career target for today's female students in elementary and secondary schools as well as in higher education.

Succeeding in STEM: Lessons From Black Colleges

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 05.05.2012 | College
Marybeth Gasman

The good news is that African Americans are earning more college degrees. However in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, we aren't seeing as much growth.

The Best And Worst States For Math And Science Education

Posted 10.01.2012 | Education

In recently released rankings of how states' primary education systems are preparing students for careers in engineering, Massachusetts, Minnesota and...