Insights & Challenges of Teaching with Technology in Engineering Education

The inaugural IFEES Webinar focuses on “Insights & Challenges of Teaching with Technology in Engineering Education” and provides diverse perspectives from our panelists.

Dr. Michael Auer, IFEES President, begins the webinar by discussing the importance of deeply exploring the complexities of teaching with technology and the efforts of the IFEES Webinar Series to use technology to expand its capacity building. Uriel Cukierman discusses aspects of leveraging IT in higher education.  Dr. Mushtak Al-Atabi presents his experiences in designing and teaching MOOCs that engages students from around the world in facing the Global Grand Challenges. Dr. Christina White facilitates the session.


Introduction of IIDEA Webinar Series
Michael Auer
President of IFEES
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The Human Revolution: What I Learnt from my MOOCs
Mushtak Al Atabi
Senior Deputy Provost at Heriot-Watt University
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Rapidly developing technology is changing the very fabric of our lives and the nature of work and employment. Due to automation and the use of artificial intelligence, some studies are suggesting that as many as 47% of today’s jobs are going to disappear. The presentation argues that, just like how the industrial revolution and the information revolution changed the nature of jobs, the technological revolution we experience requires a “human revolution” to prepare us to remain leading in the realm that still exclusively in the human domain, emotional intelligence. The speaker presents the case for making emotional intelligence a core element of education in general and the engineering education in particular and shares his experience teaching emotional intelligence through a MOOC.

Leveraging IT in Higher Education
Uriel Cukierman
Immediate Past President of IFEES
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Current society demands not only more engineers but also better ones, equipped with abilities to solve complex technical challenges, working in interdisciplinary teams and dealing with social and cultural issues as well. These skills are being required by accreditation boards, engineering schools’ authorities and the industry itself, lengthwise and crosswise the whole world. Students entering the workforce are not prepared in both hard and soft skills, along with a new kind of digital literacy that far exceeds the job-specific training. Learning Technologies may help academic leaders and faculties to cope with this challenge and, by doing so, improving the quality of the teaching and learning process. This presentation will describe current and future trends in methodologies and resources useful for dealing with this challenge.

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Moderated by
Christina White
IFEES Webinar Series Designer
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