IGIP Newsletter - Issue 02 - 2017

22nd May 2017

IGIP Newsletter - Issue 02 - 2017

Editor Column

The second issue of the IGIP Newsletter more than doubles in size. It provides an impressive picture of the manifold and vibrant activity of the IGIP community, combining a thought-provoking analysis of the impact of teacher education on the quality of STEM, with the announcement of upcoming events and the report of past activities, both spread all over the world.

Executive Board Column

By Axel Zafoschnig, Vice President of IGIP

The first quarter of 2017 has been a highly successful one for IGIP as one of the most acknowledged and innovative engineering education societies in the world. Since the Belfast conference in September 2016, the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in November 2016, and the EDUCON Conference in Athens in April 2017, IGIP has continuously improved its outreach, in particular with a view to strengthening its ties with other international engineering education societies, has also offered new strategies in the field of the digitalisation of teaching and learning in engineering, and has provided a platform of exchange for teachers, educators and researchers. Through our renowned iJEP Journal, but also through personal contacts, visits and initiatives of all executive committee members, the work of IGIP has had a strong impact on many collective and individual accreditation processes in engineering education, as well as on the teaching, researching and networking activities within the global community. Corporate sponsors like Dassault Systems and Mathworks have chosen IGIP as reliable partner for supporting worldwide strategies that help provide quality education in the field of engineering.

As the sole provider of a constantly modernised curriculum, IGIP offers the only available international engineering educator education program (ING.PAED.IGIP) which has been in popular demand all over the world and has currently been adopted in India by IUCEE, the Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education for its international engineering educator certification program, as well as by the Puerto Rican organisation InnovaHiEd, which completed its first certification program for 26 South American engineering educators in January 2017. At the same time, the rate of accreditation of IGIP training centres in various countries of the world has been increasing and there are strong indications that this number is going to grow in the near future.

IGIP has also been organising a lot of very successful conferences in the recent past, which have been characterised by top-quality speakers and participants from all over the world. Looking forward to autumn, the 46th IGIP International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy, in Budapest from 26-29 September 2017, will offer another splendid opportunity for expressing opinions and exchanging ideas on the latest developments in engineering education and pedagogy.

Like the present, also the future of IGIP looks bright - firstly, because our international journal on engineering pedagogy has gathered a large expert community and interested readership, and secondly, because our General Secretary Michael Auer has been promoted to President of IFEES, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, a role which he also uses to spread the IGIP network even wider across the globe.

IGIP stands for progress and new developments in engineering education, but this strategy will require concrete steps of realisation, as for example real encounters of important players, exchange of experiences on innovative engineering projects, and opening up of the engineering education community for essential stakeholders like the secondary education sector or the STEM or MINT initiatives across the world. It should be our clear objective to help IGIP act as a unifying guide for engineering education communities so as to reach the target of a higher qualification of the teaching staff and to build a network of global significance from which all members can profit likewise. As IGIP members, we should follow our leitmotif of “Engineering Education for Life”, we would share our expertise in engineering education with others, and we should actively contribute towards shaping the future of learning in engineering education. Let us therefore all take action on the important issues raised so as to guarantee that our international society of engineering education/pedagogy will thrive in the future as it has in the past!

New IGIP Working Groups and Task Force

By Teresa Restivo, President of IGIP

In the last IGIP meeting in Athens, during EDUCON 2017, several initiatives to promote the internal activity of IGIP members were launched, namely one Task Force and three Working Groups:

 • Task force “EE multilingual ontology" - Leader Tatiana Polyakova (RU)

 • Games in engineering - Leader Matthias Utesch (DE)

 • Teaching best practices - Leader Susan Zvacek (USA), Co-leader Tiia Rüütmann (EE)

 • Information technologies in engineering education - Leader Teresa Restivo (PT), Co-leader James Wolfer (USA)

The working groups (WG) should be run on a mentoring basis by their leaders and co-leader (if existing). All WG members have to be IGIP members. Outcomes from WG activities should be presented annually during IGIP Special Session (such as ITEP @ EDUCON and TaT@ the Annual IGIP Conference). The WG leaders should organize an iJEP Special Issue or Special Scope, every two years that can also include contributions from Special Session authors.

IGIP Working Group "Games in Engineering and Education"

By Matthias C. Utesch, Technical University of Munich

Today, electronic games are more than just pastimes – they are platforms through which we experience virtual situations, try out strategies, and develop new ideas. Games in engineering and education are set to grow rapidly in the near future. Their wide range of applications include automotive, aerospace and systems engineering, health care, energy, civil engineering, banking, and management. In this context, applying games to engineering and education proves to be more and more a very promising strategy to strengthen both, technical and non-technical interdisciplinary skills. Thus, the Working Group "Games in Engineering and Education" within IGIP aims at discussing theoretical concepts and successful applications of games, especially serious games, in the context of engineering and education or further studies in this field. The topics of interest are: serious games, game-based learning, gamification, games engineering, storytelling, development of non-technical skills / meta-cognitive skills, simulation, learning scenarios based on virtual worlds, project based learning – capstone projects, game-based learning arrangements, tools for developing game-based learning applications, experience reports. Working Group Chair: Matthias C. Utesch, Chair for Information Systems, Technical University of Munich, utesch@igip.org

InnovaHiEd offers IGIP Certification Program in Latin America

With twenty six very motivated participants (deans and faculty leaders) from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru and Puerto Rico and hosted by the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus (UPRM), InnovaHiEd launched its IGIP Certification Program. Some of the attendees were moved by curriculum and teaching innovations already in motion at their institutions and wanted to incorporate new approaches and trends (for example, outcomes based education, flipped learning), others were moved to attend to initiate change at their institutions. Several institutions brought teams of colleagues who were eager to learn from others and from instructors’ experiences. The InnovaHiEd IGIP Certification Program provides a formal, internationally recognized qualification in teaching and learning methodologies for engineering and related disciplines (science, math, physics, IT, etc.) for faculty, graduate students and other interested parties worldwide. Those who complete it can add a world-recognized qualification to their title, for example: Dr. Juan Pérez, PhD, PE, Ing.Paed.IGIP. The program consists of three phases: 1) intensive week of face-to-face activities; 2) implementation of an engineering education innovation at the participant institution and 3) publishing an innovation paper in a peer-reviewed journal or conference. The successful organization and hosting of the first phase of the IGIP Program was the result of the zealous efforts of the following partner organizations led by the InnovaHiEd: Laspau Center at Harvard University, IFEES, UPRM and its CoHemis Center. Besides learning about outcomes based curriculum development, novel teaching methods and technologies (like augmented reality), outcomes assessment and other topics, the attendees had the opportunity to visit UPRM’s College of Engineering Learning Factory and the Industrial Biotechnology Program. We are looking forward to phases 2 & 3 and to learn about these innovators’ innovations!

IGIP Philosophy - Effective Basis for Contemporary STEM Teaching and Learning

By Tiia Rüütmann (Ing.Paed.IGIP), President of IGIP IMC

The basic principles of the Klagenfurt School of Engineering Pedagogy have served as the basis of the philosophy of the International Society of Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) since its foundation in 1972. IGIP philosophy in turn serves as an effective basis for contemporary STEM teaching and learning, taking account of today’s students’ differences. The philosophy of IGIP is built upon several philosophical questions and aims. The methodology and model of Engineering Pedagogy Science are introduced, along with IGIP philosophy and didactical principles being supported by IGIP curriculum. This is the Abstract of a Keynote presented at the 2017 IEEE EDUCON Conference in Athens.

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Study visit of an Austrian Engineering Education Delegation to FEUP at UPorto

By Axel Zafoschnig, Vice President of IGIP

From April 4 – 11, 2017, an Austrian delegation consisting of 19 experts from the field of engineering education visited universities and technical colleges in Portugal and Spain in order to strengthen the co-operation and to create new opportunities for work placements and student exchanges within Erasmus+. At the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, IGIP Vice President Axel Zafoschnig, IGIP Austria President and Ministry of Education Representative Wolfgang Pachatz, and the two Heads of the Technical Colleges in Wolfsberg, Johann Persoglia, and in Hollabrunn, Wolfgang Bodei, were welcomed by IGIP President and Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Teresa Restivo. Talks focussed on possible co-operation projects, on recent developments in engineering education, and on future activities within IGIP. Teresa Restivo and IGIP IMC Member José Marques led the delegation through the modern labs, workshops and design studios of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, and introduced the comprehensive academic work going on there. Besides the possibility to organise mutual Erasmus+ mobility programmes for students and teachers, further opportunities of internships, exchange and work placements at enterprises were discussed intensely and the establishing of better networking contacts was agreed. These contact and co-operation talks have also been aiming at an added value that can be created for all persons and institutions involved – the technical colleges at secondary level, the universities and engineering faculties at tertiary level and the national monitoring committees of IGIP. Through bilateral and mutually organised projects, the quality of engineering education shall be improved in the various countries and more young people shall undergo part of their engineering education abroad. In this respect, the two very important aspects, intercultural understanding and multi-linguism, shall be emphasised so that a better employability of the graduates of our engineering education institutions can be achieved. That is why the study visit of the Austrian experts at FEUP was definitely a significant step towards a better co-operation between all stakeholders involved. Between all partners agreement was reached that further mobility projects will have to be carried out so that our young people get the chance to undertake efficient measures for their personal and professional development and can also increase their linguistic and cultural competences. Thanks again to our hosts at FEUP and to IGIP for the fruitful talks !

46th IGIP International Conference - "Teaching and Learning in a Digital World"

We would like to invite you to participate at the 46th IGIP International Conference in Engineering Pedagogy. This interdisciplinary conference aims to focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences in Interactive Collaborative Learning and Engineering Pedagogy. Submissions for special sessions, work in progress, posters, workshops and tutorials are open until 22 May 2017.

ICL2017 will be held from 27-29 September 2017, at Aquincum Hotel, Budapest, Hungary (pre-conference workshops on 26 September) in cooperation with Óbuda University in Budapest. For more information concerning the submissions and guidelines for authors visit our Website (link below). 

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TaT’17 within 46th IGIP International Conference

The Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (SPEE) and the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy will continue to join efforts by running the 6th edition of the Special Track Talking about Teaching (TaT’17), which promotes the discussion on Engineering Education by providing the opportunity for debating and sharing ideas, approaches, developments and experiences. The organizers of TaT’17 also invite working group members of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (SPEE) and of the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) to join this Special Track, in line with the mission of both Societies, to present results of their group activities in a collaborative approach. The proposed topics are concerned not only with resources in engineering education (EE) and with the constant demand on the use of technology and on its present role, but also with the effectiveness of knowledge in order to guarantee simultaneously the diversity and inclusion in EE, teachers’ professional development, the perspective of EE oriented for STEM and the spirit of engineering leadership in society.

27th EAEEIE Annual Conference

IGIP members are kindly invited to attend the 27th EAEEIE Annual Conference, which will take place in June 7-9, 2017, in Grenoble, France. IGIP and EAEEIE (European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013, whereby a reduced registration fee has been agreed for mutual participation in their annual conferences. EAEEIE is a European non-profit organization, with members from nearly seventy European Universities, most of them teaching in the area of Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE). The mission of the EAEEIE is to enhance education in EIE through understanding European education practices, industry participation, continuing education, credit transfer in international exchanges, scientific and educational research, and to determine criteria to establish standards on EIE education.

World Engineering Education Forum – WEEF 2017 Kuala Lumpur

The 21st Century, with its novel Grand Challenges, the ever-complex systems and problems, is deemed as the age of collaboration. In preparing engineering graduates who are ready to face the current and future challenges, as demanded by stakeholders and accrediting bodies, there are numerous calls for academics and institutions of higher education to collaborate and synergize with various sectors in designing and organizing programs and curricula to meet the desired outcomes. In today’s complex world, success will only come with synergistic collaboration between the related parties. The World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) 2017 is a platform for bringing engineering educators and leaders, industry, governmental organizations and NGOs together to form fruitful and long-term collaboration, as well as to be involved with the larger international engineering education community. With the theme, "The Era of Synergistic Collaboration", WEEF 2017 aims to inspire international level cooperation among participants and form a lasting community in engineering education with the following systematic programs and activities. IFEES would like to welcome you to join this global community of engineering education, as well as participate and contribute to WEEF 2017.

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2017 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education

The IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education recognizes individuals who have made innovative and meritorious contributions with a significant impact on the advancement of engineering education. IFEES encourages nominations of outstanding candidates from all regions of the world. Applications must be supported by an IFEES representative. The recipient will be honored at a dinner during WEEF 2017 Kuala Lumpur and will receive a medal, US $1,000 to support their work, round-trip economy airfare and three nights’ accommodation. IFEES is accepting applications through May 24, 2017. Full Details and Application: http://www.ifees.net/awards/global-award-for-excellence/ 

Photo on the left: Maria Petrie, Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Education Institutions (LACCEI) and Associate Dean of International Affairs at Florida Atlantic University (USA) receives the 2016 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award during the IFEES Award Dinner & 10th Anniversary Celebration in Seoul, South Korea.

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2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award recognizes projects worldwide which have encouraged students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. Applications are now open for projects that have delivered tangible results in encouraging diversity in engineering education among students and/or graduates. A nominated project representative must submit their applications by 10 July 2017, for the chance to present their work to a distinguished international jury and the audience at the GEDC conference in Niagara Falls, Canada between October 11-13. The project will be awarded 10,000 USD, with two runner-ups receiving 1,500 USD each to support the communication of their work. If you have questions about the award, please contact info@gedcairbusdiversityaward.com.

Promotional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82a-3mn8cQk&t=3s

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IGIP Member Teresa Larkin Receives 2016 ASEE Fellow Award

At the 123rd annual ASEE conference held in New Orleans, LA in June 2016, IGIP member Teresa Larkin received the ASEE Fellow Award and was appointed to the ASEE Academy of Fellows.  The Grade of Fellow is one of unusual professional distinction and conferred by the Board of Directors upon an ASEE member with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications, and experience in engineering or engineering technology education or allied field, and ASEE contributions. 

Teresa is an Associate Professor of Physics Education in the Department of Physics at American University in Washington, DC.

7th IGIP International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy in Moscow

By Axel Zafoschnig, IGIP Vice-President

On March 17, the 7th Regional Russian IGIP Conference took place at MADI (the Moscow Automobile and Road Construction State Technical University). The long-term IGIP-Russia President, Professor Viacheslav Prikhodko and the Conference scientific adviser Professor Zoia Sazonova, had invited conference participants from all across Russia and also organised a number of highly interesting speakers from the universities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nishni Novgorod and Tomsk, as well as from the Journal “Higher Education in Russia”, to name only a few.

On behalf of IGIP, Vice-President Axel Zafoschnig emphasised the importance of the work of the individual and institutional Russian IGIP Members and congratulated the organisers on having staged such a successful event in Moscow. He also focussed on current issues of engineering pedagogy like the digitalisation of education, the internet of things (Industry 4.0.), or the creation of a new type of interdisciplinarily trained engineer who shall also have programming skills.

The fact that so many committed engineering educators attended the conference at MADI has also shown that topics like modern trends in teaching and learning (such as technologically enhanced online courses and granular learning), the accreditation of HE institutions, as well as of individual teaching experts, or new ways of financing and budgeting, were actively discussed by a wider audience.

For individual engineering teachers and professors, the IGIP International Engineering Educator (ING.PAED. IGIP) is still playing a very important role in the quality assurance of the work of engineering teachers and researchers.

At the conference, the experts also discussed the challenges which engineering pedagogy is going to face in the future and tried to foresee possible answers. The international forum also concluded that a more versatile and varied profile of the modern engineer has to be an outcome of globalisation and digitalisation. Engineers are still problem-solvers who come up with feasible solutions to technical problems of society, but they have to stay on top of the technological developments and thus have to show interdisciplinarity and excellent digital skills as key competences.

In conclusion, the 7th International Russian IGIP Conference proved to be a great success, because the excellent presentations, discussions and talks concerning engineering pedagogy have triggered off a number of stimulating reactions in the field of international networking and co-operation. Once again, congratulations to the MADI hosts and organisers on a very successful conference for the benefit of international engineering pedagogy. Thank you for laying the foundation for further international co-operation and for establishing engineering pedagogy as the basis for excellent research and development in global engineering !

The Role of Emerging Technologies in Online Experimentation @ REV2017

The annual conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation of the International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE) and the Global Online Laboratory Consortium (GOLC), REV 2017, was hosted by the Columbia University in New York, 15-17 March, 2017. A Special Session devoted to “The Role of Emerging Technologies in Online Experimentation”, co-organized by IGIP members Teresa Restivo and Alberto Cardoso, aimed to debate the use of emerging technologies in training, learning and teaching strategies, as well as the role of resources based on virtual and augmented reality technologies. A final lively discussion forum was promoted and animated by the four work presenters and was enthusiastically participated, leading to new insights in the use of today’s affordable emerging technologies for education and training purposes.

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By Christos Douligeris, Conference Chair

IEEE EDUCON 2017 (www.educon-conference.org/educon2017) was the eighth conference in a series of international conferences organized by the Region 8 branch (Europe, Middle East and Africa) of the IEEE Education Society. This year’s event was co-organized by the University of Piraeus, the Hellenic Open University, the Hellenic Air Force Academy, the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. This year’s conference was set under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religion. The theme of EDUCON 2017 was “Challenging the Transition from the Classic to the Emerging in the Engineering Education”.

The Conference received 823 submissions and accepted 306 papers that will appear in the IEEE EDUCON 2017 proceedings in IEEE Xplore. The accepted papers presented original work in smart and engineering education from authors from all five continents covering over 50 countries. The whole conference was organized in 5 parallel sessions and hosted 4 plenary sessions, 4 workshops, 9 special sessions, 1 Work in Progress session, 1 Posters session and 39 regular sessions (23 with full papers and 16 with short papers).

The conference was attended by a record number of more than 380 attendees and had a very rich cultural and social program. The discussions during all the events were lively and productive.

Michael Auer, who has led the IEEE Educon Steering Committee since its foundation in 2009, has been warmly congratulated by his impressive work and leadership. Michael Auer and Christos Douligeris received a plaque and certificate of appreciation of the IEEE Education Society for their work as chairs of the IEEE Educon 2017, contributing to the best logistics and organization and obtaining a new conference success.

IGIP President, Teresa Restivo, was recognized for her outstanding work and continuous support to IEEE EDUCON

Manuel Castro, Senior Past President of the IEEE Education Society, was appointed as the new Chair of the Educon Steering Committee. IEEE Educon 2018 will be held in April in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

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IT on Engineering Pedagogy 2017 (ITEP’17) within EDUCON 2017

IGIP is a Society aware of the increasing availability and diversity of the new tools offered by the information and communication technologies that open new horizons to the instructional/training processes, in particular within the engineering fields. In this context, IGIP promoted a new edition of IT on Engineering Pedagogy 2017 (ITEP’17) within EDUCON 2017. Student skills in the use of many devices as PCs, videogames, mobiles, tablets, smart phones, smart watches and many other technologies need to be oriented to the use of remote experiments, simulators, virtual reality, augmented reality, sensorial devices, ..., which will later be found in their labour environment. Within ITEP’17 different aspects were presented and enthusiastically discussed using the usual methodology that relies in short presentations and large and intense group discussions.

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17th Annual Physics 200 Conference at American University

On April 28th, 2017 the 17th Annual Physics 200 Conference was held at American University in Washington, DC.  Designed and developed by Teresa Larkin, Physics 200 is a second-level course for non-STEM majors entitled “Light, Sound, Action!”   Throughout the spring semester the students experienced all aspects of researching and writing a professional conference paper for publication in a class proceeding.  These experiences included the preparation and electronic submission of an abstract, multiple paper drafts, a peer review, and a final camera-ready paper for publication.  The culmination of these experiences included the students’ presentations of their papers at the annual conference, which is a showcase event held each spring.  Research topics ranged from structural acoustics to using color to elicit emotional responses in documentary films.  The students find the annual conference to be a rewarding and unique practical experience – one often connected with helping them land an internship or professional employment after graduation.