Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting? 13-16 September 2021 - TU Berlin
The year 2020 has challenged universities worldwide in an unprecedented way. On short notice, universities had to switch from on-site classroom teaching to online teaching formats. We all realize that this extensive online teaching will have a sustainable impact on the way we teach and learn. The conference will focus on the implications of this very special experience on Engineering Education in Europe and worldwide. More information will be shared soon!
The editorial team of the European Journal for Engineering Education, the official journal of SEFI, is seeking one ore more associate editors. An Associate Editor is expected to manage the review process for up to 12 manuscripts per year. This includes recruiting and communicating with reviewers and preparing proposals for decisions about manuscripts.
By Mandi Astola (Eindhoven University of Technology) My colleagues and me had a fantastic, freshly re-designed challenge-based learning, flip-the-classroom ethics course for 240 studentsready, when the pandemic hit. It quickly became evident that the whole course would have to be taught online. This meant that we had to construct an entire online teaching method from scratch very quickly. The most interesting part of this process, to me, was everything we disagreed about.
By Jordi Segalas (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC-Barcelona Tech)
There is an increased interest in education that levels co-creative processes in innovation as developed in challenge-based or design learning. Here you find freely available learning resources for sustainable design in Engineering Education in the field of Design for Sustainability. Feel free to experiment yourself!
Prof. Dr. Gaston Wolf
It is with great sadness that we were recently informed of the death of Prof. Dr. Gaston Wolf (79) former member of the SEFI Board and SEFI Vice-President, and organiser of the successful and memorable SEFI Annual Conference 1999 in Winterthur/Zürich.
Gaston was a fantastic professor, a well-known and very appreciated personality in Switzerland and in USA, an exceptionally dedicated SEFI member for decades, always demonstrating quite a special and personal sense of humour, and I must say, a great great friend of mine. All our sympathies go to his family in Switzerland and in USA, his friends all over the world, with a very special thought to his wife Ursula, who always accompanied him in his SEFI activities.
Françoise Côme Secretary General
New members of SEFI community
In the past months, SEFI has had the pleasure to welcome following new members into the community:
The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning (CEL) is launching its first MOOC on Multidisciplinary Research Methods for Engineers on edX on January 13, 2021.
Course Instructors prof. Marcus Specht and dr. Gillian Saunders-Smits on their motivation to develop the course: “As an interuniversity and interdisciplinary centre we believe that working together with researchers from different scientific fields is key in bringing education and learning technology to the next level. Collaboration in a multidisciplinary field can be challenging, that is why we created the new MOOC: Multidisciplinary Research Methods for Engineers!”
In recognition of her work in re-envisioning engineering education around the world, IFEES honored Sheryl Sorby (United States of America) with the 2020 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. The award was given at the occasion of the GEDC-WEEF 2020 Virtual Conference that took place in November.
RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS
Sirin Tekinay receives IEOM Global Engineering Education Award
IEOM Society International will honor Prof Sirin Tekinay (SEFI Board of Directors) with the Global Engineering Education Award in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding achievements, service and dedication in global engineering education in industrial engineering and operations management profession.
Aiming to inspire change in Higher Education, BEST has published its Position Paper on Diversity, based on the outcomes of 2-year research on diversity in STEM Education.The document is divided into 4 subtopics - use of English, cultural and ethnic diversity, gender balance, and opportunities for students with disabilities - and includes the organisation’s recommendations in order to improve the current scenario. link
Digital and hardcopies of Rising to the Top Global: Women Engineering Leaders Share their Journeys to Professional Success, is now available as an eBook or PDF! A collection of 32 personal and professional stories, this book's goal is to highlight not only the challenges women in engineering and STEM fields face, but to show the opportunities are available and that women engineering leaders are not only essential for the advancement of all societies—they are here to stay. This book is published by the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies and the Global Engineering Deans Council.
The European Commission’s plan to establish an Athena SWAN-style initiative to address gender inequality in academia has been welcomed by sector leaders, who predicted that taking action to improve diversity will become a requirement for obtaining research funding from Brussels.