Innovation in the classroom


The True Cost of Going Electric

Ep. 21

Electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous vehicles (AVs) are here to stay!

While the benefits of transforming the transportation industry are undeniable, the true cost of making that transition is still unknown. For instance, what will happen to economies that rely on fossil fuels, and how will data-hungry AVs impact personal data privacy?

Getting a full picture of what is required to make and sustain the transition will require a multi-disciplinary approach. Such an approach will help optimize investment to maximize the expected long-term benefits. This is exactly what the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is seeking to do.

In this episode, Dora Smith interviews Elisabeth Gerber, Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and Innovator-in-residence at the University of Michigan and Founder of ViewPoint Educational Technologies. She’ll help us understand what the MOOC course entails. She’ll also share with us the benefits they have leaped from partnering with Siemens.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What Elisabeth's new course, MOOC, entails (02:11)
  • How her expertise in social science helps her in the project (07:16)
  • Why we need to transform electricity generating systems (09:41)
  • Why data privacy is a big challenge in AV development (11:12)
  • How a shift from fossil fuels will impact local economies (16:56)

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Promoting Student Involvement and Engagement with SPEED

Ep. 20
The education system was hit hard during the initial stages of the COVID lockdowns but managed to bounce back fast through digital engagements. It was especially difficult for engineering students who require a lot of practical classes and collaboration with peers. However, even as people get back to their classrooms, some of the innovative digital solutions that came from remote learning are continuing to play a big role.Another phenomenon that is being experienced is the rise of students’ engagement and networking at an early stage. They no longer wait to finish school to see the value of creating meaningful connections with students taking similar courses in different universities, and also with people already in the industry. In this episode, Dora Smith interviews two engineering students, Maria Laura Polo and Felipe Gomez. They are both members of SPEED (Student Platform for Engineering Education Development), a student-engagement organization. They’ll share with us how their organization promotes student involvement and engagement. Additionally, they’ll share with us their experiences with remote learning and teaching when COVID was at its peak. In This Episode, You Will Learn:How Maria and Felipe got into Engineering (02:27)Their advice to students thinking of Pursuing engineering (05:30)How SPEED drives student involvement and engagement (10:28)What the initiative ‘Voice of Change’ is all about (22:46)What the ‘SDG for Youth Network’ involves (31:06)Digital innovations that Maria and Felipe experienced during COVID lockdowns (40:53)Connect with Maria:EmailWorld SPEEDConnect with Felipe:LinkedIn