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Starting a Revolution: Beyond Curriculum Reform

Dr Elliot P. Douglas | Engineering Education, National Science Foundation

Starting a Revolution: Beyond Curriculum Reform

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Over the last 15 years there has been an increased emphasis within engineering education on providing students with the education and training to develop important professional skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, and complex problem solving. The need for these skills has been outlined in a number of reports that illustrate how the complex engineering problems of the 21st century demand more than technical competence. However, education in these areas is often hampered by rigid curricula and traditional pedagogies. The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering is helping to break these barriers through programs that provide support for innovate educational approaches: Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED), Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE), and Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (RIEF). This presentation will illustrate how these programs have been successful at fostering innovations in engineering education.