New curricula for engineering education: Experiences, engagement, e-resources

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Global Journal of Engineering Education, 2017, 19 (2), pp. 112 - 117
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© WIETE 2017. In an increasingly complex world, engineering students need to learn innovation and complex problem-solving in socio-technical contexts, combining fundamental knowledge of many disciplines, not just mathematics and physics. Our job as educators is to create engaging learning experiences to take students on a learning journey from high school student to proto-engineer. These learning experiences increasingly draw upon industry-relevant project work. There are now several Australian examples of curricula that combine student immersion in projects, supported by on-line learning. Fortunately, the fundamentals of engineering are being made available (and assessed) on-line, e.g. Khan Academy and numerous MOOCs. Engineering curricula are being flipped from first teach the fundamentals to first engage with the engineering problems and use these problems as motivators for students to learn the fundamentals. This is also assisted by the availability of extraordinary design software to solve the governing equations for most routine engineering tasks. E-learning has morphed from electronic learning in the last 20 years to experiential and engaged learning. This is the future of engineering curricula.
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