Opportunities for collaborative scholarship and cultural transformation in engineering education


11:45 am-12:35 pm
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202 Particle Science & Technology
Gainesville, FL 32611


Joachim Walther
College of Engineering, University of Georgia

Engineering education as a research discipline emerged in the context of global discussions around preparing engineering students for the challenges of the 21st century. From a methodological and theoretical perspective, the discipline offers a range of evidence-oriented avenues to support the necessary educational and curricular transformations.
This seminar will provide an example of an integrated research and innovation project to promote empathy as one of the broader 21st century outcomes for engineering students. The example project illustrates the productive interplay between interdisciplinary engagement, teaching innovation, and educational inquiry.
Based on the synergistic opportunities identified, a novel, community-based approach to integrating educational scholarship and teaching practice will be discussed. The Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) at UGA represents an ecosystems model for institutional and cultural change. Our approach is grounded in the notion of building shared capacity from the diverse and fluid roles that individual members play in the institute. The presentation will provide an overview of the organizational structure and principles that underpin the formation of EETI and share key lessons learned.


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Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences