European engineering educators
#1 Roland Tormey from EPFL discusses ethics
For our launch episode, our guest is Dr Roland Tormey, current co-chair of the SEFI Ethics Special Interest Group, and a senior scientist in the College of Humanities at Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lousanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Roland’s training as a sociologist has provided the basis for his work into both emotion and inter-cultural education, and his pioneering research in teacher training and engineering ethics is changing how we think about engineering education.
*Must read* Show notes including background and further reflections to take back to your own contexts: https://www.sefi.be/2022/09/19/european-engineering-educators-podcast-is-online/
Drawing on his work into the formal and hidden curricula of ethics in engineering education, he stresses the importance of ensuring that we teach ethics in a way that makes it relevant to engineers, and defines four elements which combine to give rise to ethical behaviour. He takes the view that our standard approach to teach moral reasoning using classic case studies don’t go far enough. Indeed, he argues that examples must be carefully selected, and that we need a greater emphasis on emotional intelligence and awareness.
Join Dr Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) and Dr Natalie Wint (University College London) for this inspiring discussion.
Thanks to Roland for helping us to get this podcast off the ground by volunteering to be one of our first guests!
0.50: Podcast intro
1.35: Experiences of teaching engineering ethics from Neil and Natalie
2.35: Roland's background
6.00: The relevance of ethics to engineering.
7.20: Four elements of ethical behaviour
8.20: Considering students' life experience
9.50: The Minnesota approach: different stages of moral reasoning
16.45: Methods that help develop post-conventional moral reasoning
18.30: Thinking processes vs. emotional processes
23.00: The role of emotions in making ethical design decisions
26.20: Pitfalls to avoid when teaching using case studies
29.30: Having the right level of emotion.
31.00: How we should assess ethical thinking skills
34.30: Final advice from Roland
35.50: Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil.
*Must read* Show notes including background and further reflections: https://www.sefi.be/2022/09/19/european-engineering-educators-podcast-is-online/
Key publication: https://www.sefi.be/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/56039-R.-TORMEY.pdf
Roland Tormey’s other publications: https://people.epfl.ch/roland.tormey
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3. #17 Bill Williams from IST Portugal on Research52:08Welcome to the third episode of Season 3 of the SEFI podcast! During this season we discuss changes in European engineering education and engineering education research over the last few decades In this episode we speak to Bill Williams who serves as an associate editor of the European Journal of Engineering Education, published by SEFI and the Journal of Engineering Education, and has published numerous articles about the development of EER.show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/11/21/podcast-season-3-episode-3-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Join Dr. Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr. Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about how engineering education research has developed and grown over the last few decades. Timestamps0.00 Welcome and introduction to episode0.14 Podcast Intro0.30 Experiences in engineering education research (EER) from Natalie and Neil1.38 Bill's Background4.13 First steps into sharing EER more widely-global capacity for EER9.56 The drive for development of EER and motivation for legitimacy: analyzing research papers12.11 Quality criteria for judging papers and impact of research16.06 Overcoming barriers to pathways into EER and personal motivations for EER20.16 Navigating the EER landscape24.24 Trends in EER: how global is EER?31.28 EER in countries across Europe36.33 Emerging trends and future work40.23 Final advice from Bill49.10 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil. Resources· https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/j.2168-9830.2007.tb00938.x https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/j.2168-9830.2010.tb01048.xFull article: Advancing global capacity for engineering education research: relating research to practice, policy and industry (tandfonline.com) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03043797.2013.867316 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jee.20131 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03043797.2016.1153043 https://aaee.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/AAEE2013-Gardner_Willey-Australian_engineering_education_research_landscape.pdf https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2016.1162779?scroll=top&needAccess=trueJoin us! Become a member of the European Society for EngineeringEducation, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineeringeducators: www.sefi.be Music by ComaStudio: https://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/ Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
2. #16 José Carlos Quadrado from ISEL Portugal on recognition46:43Welcome to the second episode of Season 3 of the SEFI podcast! During this season we discuss changes in European engineering education and engineering education research over the last few decades In this episode we speak to Professor José Carlos Quadrado from The Lisbon Higher Institute of Engineering and President of the ENTER (EngineeriNg educaTors pEdagogical tRaining) network, an international entity that regulates the profession of engineering teaching worldwide. The international ENTER project was developed as part of an EU Erasmus program which focused on developing a new approach in pedagogical training of engineering teachers which is considered as necessary to support the development of a modern generation of engineers for the future. Join Dr. Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr. Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about recognising engineering educators as professional teachers. Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/10/16/podcast-season-3-episode-2-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Timestamps0.00 Welcome and introduction to episode0.29 Podcast Intro0.48 Experiences as 'professional' engineering educators from Natalie and Neil1.39 José's Background4.57 The Lisbon Higher Institute of Engineering6.12 How the ENTER project came about7.15 How the relevant competencies of professional engineering educators were determined8.30 Tensions between different engineering traditions10.11 Examples of differences between different contexts11.18 Are we converging towards a certain global standard?12.09 Accreditation as a driver of standardisation15.07 Areas in which engineering education is underdeveloped: creativity17.25 Professional development opportunities from educators when teaching new concepts18.35 The ENTER Project website20.16 The stages involved in registration: evidence of competencies, peer review and development25.01 Benefits of registering with the ENTER network28.26 How can institutions become involved in informing the competencies required of engineering educators29.40 The number and diversity of educators registered and global trends36.00 The six different professional levels of educators42.44 Final advice from José44.37 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil. ResourcesFor more information about ENTER, visit the website.www.enterprof.orgThis paper provides information about the stages of the project which led to the formation of the network.https://vovr.elpub.ru/jour/article/view/2296?locale=en_USThe following paper focuses on the justification and incorporation of sustainable development course into the certified training of engineering educators.Quadrado, J.C., Galikhanov, M.F., Zaitseva, K.K. (2020). Sustainable Development Principles for Engineering Educator. Vysshee obrazovanie v Rossii = Higher Education in Russia. Vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 75-82. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31992/0869-3617-2020-29-6-75-82https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kseniya-Zaitseva/publication/342641865_Sustainable_Development_Principles_for_Engineering_Educator/links/5f9060ea299bf1b53e37f93a/Sustainable-Development-Principles-for-Engineering-Educator.pdfJoin us! Become a member of the European Society for EngineeringEducation, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineeringeducators: www.sefi.be Music by ComaStudio: https://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/ Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
1. #15 Mike Murphy from TU-Dublin Ireland on transformation53:44Welcome to the first episode of Season 3 of the SEFI podcast! During this season we will discuss changes in European engineering education and engineering education research over the last few decades and its release coincides with SEFI 2023 being hosted by TU Dublin in Ireland. In this episode we speak to Professor Emeritus Mike Murphy, former president of SEFI (2017-2019). We talk about Mike’s return to academia and his role in successful establishment of TU Dublin, Ireland’s first designated technological university and how, as Director of the Faculty of Engineering, he helped build TU Dublin’s reputation for both engineering teaching and research.After obtaining his undergraduate degree at what became the Dublin Institute of Technology, Mike moved to the USA to student towards a Masters and PhD at Stevens Institute of Technology. After a year as an assistant professor, he decided to move to industry and worked for Bells Labs and Bellcore, whilst still maintaining relations with academia as agile faculty. It is Mike’s experience in industry and academia, as well as internationally and in high tech industries, that enabled him to become Dean of Engineering. His management roles include Faculty Director of Engineering, and Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment. In 2022 he was appointed interim national coordinator for the EU funded €40 million national initiative to transform teaching and learning across the technological university sector in Ireland.· Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/09/11/podcast-season-3-episode-1-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Join Dr. Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr. Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about managing transformational change. Timestamps0.00 Welcome and introduction to episode0.31 Podcast Intro0.53 Experiences of change from Natalie and Neil1.55 Mike’s Background5.05 TU Dublin and the Technological University Sector in Ireland9.15 Mike's Key ingredients for a successful transformation13.17 Strengths and Challenges at DIT17.19 From industry to academia and attending conferences20.23 From inward to outward facing: the role of Fulbright Scholars and external validation in development of EER23.40 Milestones and objectives in the transformation journey28.37 The role of external forces on influencing change34.20 Bumps in the road39.53 Lessons learnt about leading change43.17 The role of external communities46.11 Final advice from Mike50.29 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil. Join us! Become a member of the European Society for EngineeringEducation, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineeringeducators: www.sefi.be Music by ComaStudiohttps://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/ Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
7. #14 Season 2 highlights22:22A special 22.22 minute episode for you to bring the 2nd season of the SEFI podcast to a close going into our 2nd year!We recognise that you might not have time to listen to all the episodes, and/or would appreciate a preview or recap.Join Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) and Natalie Wint (University College London) as they share highlights from Season 2, featuring clips from the seasons guests: Madeline Polmear, Calvin Rans, Sofie Craps, Chris Smith, Gillian Saunders-Smits and Lynn Van den Broeck.Thank you to all listeners and guests for their continued support, and please continue to like and share the show on social media channels!Timestamps:0.00 General introduction0.24 Introduction to this episode0.59 Reach of the podcast and appreciation for support1.42 Madeline Polmear talks about leadership and capacity building6.35 Calvin Rans talks about blended learning. coaching and being an authentic educator11.05 Sofie Craps talks about professional identity and the PREFER project13.59 Chris Smith talks about work based learning16.16 Gillian Saunders-Smits talks about communication18.53 Lynn Van den Broeck talks about lifelong learning21.12 Information about plans for Season 3Become a member of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineering educators: www.sefi.beMusic by ComaStudio https://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
6. #13 Lynn Van den Broeck from KUL Belgium on lifelong learning38:09Welcome to the final episode of Season 2 of the SEFI podcast! We focus on lifelong learning (LLL), something which we hope this podcast supports! We speak to Dr Lynn Van den Broeck, a postdoctoral researcher from the Engineering Technology Education Research Group (ETHER) in KU Leuven, who has been studying LLL as part of her role co-ordinating the European TRAINengPDP project. Lynn is able to draw upon her background in Chemical Engineering Technology, alongside her research interests in professional competencies education, educational professionalisation, teaching assistant training, study guidance, effectiveness and efficiency of educational interventions, and feedback. Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/08/21/podcast-season-2-episode-6-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Join Dr. Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr. Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about how we can help students become lifelong learners. Timestamps0.00 Welcome and introduction to episode0.19 Podcast Intro0.34 Experiences of LLL from Natalie and Neil2.18 Lynn’s Background4.53 KU Leuven5.54 Defining LLL8.17 LLL within engineering education9.29 Why is LLL important?10.07 What role do educators play?11.04 Aims of TRAINengPDP project 12.20 LLL interventions14.58 Comparing the use of different types of intervention16.27 Learning from the medical field17.13 How are interventions linked to LLL competencies?18.28 Self-regulation19.29 Developing self regulation within an engineering context21.00 How have findings from scoping review been used in programme design?24.12 How do we ensure interventions are effective?27.46 Student attitudes towards LLL29.58 Assessment of LLL31.36 What is next for the project?33.12 Final advice from Lynn35.07 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil. Resources: Project web pagehttps://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/trainengpdpScoping reviewhttps://kuleuven.limo.libis.be/discovery/search?query=any,contains,lirias3899177&tab=LIRIAS&search_scope=lirias_profile&vid=32KUL_KUL:Lirias&foolmefull=1ASEE studyhttps://www.asee.org/publications/ASEE-Publications/ASEE-Reports For other work mentioned, see below:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03043797.2019.1671810https://doi.org/10.1080/02601371003700584https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012109890-2/50031-7 Join us! Become a member of the European Society for EngineeringEducation, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineeringeducators: www.sefi.be Music by ComaStudiohttps://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/ Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
5. #12 Gillian Saunders-Smits from TUD Netherlands on communication skills37:30Welcome to the penultimate episode of Season 2 of the SEFI podcast! In this episode we focus on the development of communication skills, primarily one that you, as the audience of this podcast, will be familiar with - active listening. We talk to Dr. Gillian Saunders-Smits, an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the Cognitive Robotics department at Delft University of Technology, an investigator on the European PREFER project who has made use of her experience of industry to work towards reducing the gap between engineering graduate skills and industry needs. Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/07/18/podcast-season-2-episode-5-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Join Dr. Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr. Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about how we can help students develop their listening skills Timestamps0.00 Welcome and introduction to episode0.30 Podcast Intro0.45 Experiences of teaching communication from Natalie and Neil1.48 Gillian’s Background3.56 Delft University of Technology and inclusion within Ruth Graham report6.10 What are transversal competencies?8.32 Sub skills involved in communication12.40 Reasons for the skills gap between education and industry14.18 Levels of mastery20.32 Comparing which skills are most valued by industry, academics and students24.52 Design of activities to help students to develop transversal skills; communication games27.46 Embedding communication activities within existing engineering modules29.15 Features of effective and ineffective communication30.45 Evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention31.41 Aligning activities with learning outcomes, assessment and programme32.42 Barriers to implementing interventions33.51 Final advice from Gillian35.00 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil. Resources: For more detail on some of the findings discussed in this episode you can read Gillian’s publication “Using an industry instrument to trigger the improvement of the transversal competency learning outcomes of engineering graduates”https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03043797.2021.1909539 To access the transversal competency tool that was developed, visit https://zenodo.org/record/4675078 To access the resources needed to make use of this listening activity in your own context, visit https://ocw.tudelft.nl/transversal-skills/communicating-is-more-than-just-talking-chinese-whispers-with-a-twist/Further papers about the interventionExploring the effectiveness and the transversal competency retention of a game-based learning activity one year after student participation | Journal on Teaching Engineering (up.pt)The effectiveness of an activity to practise communication competencies: A case study across five European engineering universities - Mariana Leandro Cruz, Sofia Sá, Diana Mesquita, Rui M Lima, Gillian Saunders-Smits, 2022 (sagepub.com) Join us! Become a member of the European Society for EngineeringEducation, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineeringeducators: www.sefi.be Music by ComaStudiohttps://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/ Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
4. #11 Chris Smith from GCU Scotland on work-based learning38:57Welcome to the fourth episode of Season 2 of the SEFI podcast! This episode follows on from our last episode with Sofie Craps which focused on professional identity, to discuss other ways in which we can prepare students for the workplace. In this episode we talk to Dr. Christopher Smith from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland (UK), co-chair of the SEFI Special Interest Group (SIG) on Continuing Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning, who has made use of his experience of graduate employment practices in industry to help him design flexible work-based learning programmes and thus gain an international reputation in the field. Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/06/19/podcast-season-2-episode-4-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Join Dr Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about how we can help students develop their professional identity. Timestamps0.00 Welcome and introduction to episode0.23 Podcast Intro0.37 Experiences of work-based learning from Natalie and Neil2.38 Chris’ Background4.14 Glasgow Caledonian University6.11 What does work-based learning mean in the context of engineering education?7,49 How work-based learning fits in with the wider education system9.44 Examples of how engineering education programmes have introduced work-based learning.11.39 Gray’s topology of work-based learning (for work, at work, through work)13.30 Considerations when designing work-based learning programmes: where do we start?14.48 Framework for work-based learning17.20 Relationships between stakeholders involved.19.13 Co-creation of work-based learning: Arnstein’s ladder of participation22.23 Examples of ‘tokenism’ within work-based learning23.58 Strengthening relationships: increasing employer engagement.27.28 Challenges involved in work-based learning.29.04 Assessment practices30.32 Benefits to students33.11 Final advice from Chris36.23 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil. Resources: A selection of Chris’ work in this area can be found below:https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/58495328/Smith_etal_ISEE_2022_Examining_required_flexibility_in_delivery_of_graduate.pdfhttps://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/74519901/p1644_p1653.pdf Other work referenced in the episode:Gray’s different types of work base learning:Gray, D. (2001). A Briefing on Work-based Learning. York: Higher Education AcademyFerrandez, RM and Kekale, T and Devins, DM (2016) A Framework for Work-Based Learning: Basic Pillars and the interactions between them. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 6 (1). ISSN 2042-3896 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-06-2014-0026Arnstein’s ladder of participation:Arnstein, S. R. (1969) A Ladder Of Citizen Participation, Journal of the American Institute of Planners, 35:4, 216-224, DOI: 10.1080/01944366908977225 Join us! Become a member of the European Society for EngineeringEducation, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineering educators: www.sefi.be Music by ComaStudiohttps://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/ Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
3. #10 Sofie Craps from KUL Belgium on identity37:40Welcome to the third episode of Season 2 of the SEFI podcast!In this episode we will discuss the PREFER project, which involved the development of a professional roles model with Dr Sofie Craps, a member of the Study Guidance Research Group of the Leuven Engineering & Science Education Centre (LESEC) at KU Leuven. Her experience in student recruitment, study guidance, and careers counselling provided her with a strong basis to start her research, which focuses on professional identity development and professional competencies.Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/05/15/podcast-season-2-episode-3-european-engineering-educators-is-online/ Join Dr Natalie Wint (University College London) and Dr Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) to learn about how we can help students develop their professional identity. Timestamps0.00 Abstract0.28 Podcast Intro0.45 Experiences of professional identity formation from Natalie and Neil1.53 Sofie's Background3.49 KU Leuven5.07 Professional Identity7.04 What is involved in identity development?8.08 Barriers to developing self awareness and professional awareness9.28 Introduction to the PREFER project11.03 Development of the professional roles model; the three roles13.31 Model validation14.43 Developing role descriptors16.55 Professional competencies associated with each of the roles18.30 Which of the roles are most in demand?20.27 Do different universities focus on different roles?23.15 Diagnostic tools27.17 The use of teaching interventions28.18 Whats next? The URGENT project31.09 Final advice from Sofie35.11 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil.ResourcesThe systematic literature review can be found here:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03043797.2020.1781062The publication about the PREFER model can be found below:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03043797.2021.1889468PREFER website: https://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/preferPREFER tests: https://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/prefer/instructor/prefer-testsThe plug in and play modules can be found here:https://ocw.tudelft.nl/transversal-skills/Good practices for educators: https://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/prefer/instructor/implementationPaper about implementation in education:https://inftars.infonia.hu/article.php?doi=inftars.XX.2020.2.10Details about the new URGENT project which focuses on diversity can be found below:https://iiw.kuleuven.be/onderzoek/ether/research-topics/transition-to-university/urgentJoin us! Become a member of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineering educators: www.sefi.beMusic by ComaStudio https://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.
2. #9 Calvin Rans from TUD Netherlands on blended learning34:10Welcome to the second episode of Season 2 of the SEFI podcast!In this episode we talk to an innovator of blended learning, Dr Calvin Rans, an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft, where he manages two professional recording studios and supports educators in making novel blended learning experiences for students. He calls himself an 'edutainer', claiming that if learning isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. He draws upon his experience in research of aircraft failure to highlight the importance of students learning from failure, and advocates for reflection being part of the learning process.Show notes: https://www.sefi.be/2023/04/17/podcast-season-2-episode-2-european-engineering-educators-is-online/Join Dr Neil Cooke (University of Birmingham) and Dr Natalie Wint (University College London) to learn about how we can design blended learning in a way that best supports engineering students. Thanks to Calvin for 'edutaining' us!Timestamps0.00 Abstract0.28 Podcast Intro0.41 Experiences of blended from Natalie and Neil2.16 Calvin's Background3.53 TU Delft5.08 What is blended learning?6.30 What does a flipped classroom look like?8.51 How has COVID changed Calvin's approach to blended learning?10.30 Obstacles to implementing blended learning approaches13.04 The role of student feedback14.44 How do educators transition from lecturers to coaches?16.40 Student flight data recorders: the role of student reflection19.41 Student buy-in and motivation21.48 The role of story telling and being authentic24.55 being aware of 'external' factors that influence the learning process28.31 Final advice from Calvin32.00 Key takeaways from Natalie and Neil.Resourceshttps://www.calvinrans.com/https://online-learning.tudelft.nl/instructors/calvin-rans/https://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid:634e5166-f92d-4109-8085-0aec758a65f5?collection=researchhttps://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid:3d210691-c985-40e6-9511-1fd61668636c?collection=researchTruby, J. (2008). The anatomy of story: 22 steps to becoming a master storyteller. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.Join us! Become a member of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI, Europe's largest network of engineering educators: www.sefi.beMusic by ComaStudio https://pixabay.com/users/comastudio-26079283/Written and produced by Neil Cooke and Natalie Wint.