International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) (7th : 2015)

Leveraging networks : online network based learning for 21st century engineering education and practice Meikleham, Alexandra; Miller, Patrick; Dysart-Gale, Deborah; Gopakumar, Govind

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How can engineering students be prepared for their career in the 21st century? For over 10 years, Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) has advanced the concept of the ‘global engineer’ as one approach to this challenge. The global engineer is a technically competent engineer with excellent communication and leadership skills, as well as a developed awareness of globalization and sustainability. The current engineering curriculum offers many tools and resources to prepare students for the unique challenges and opportunities that the 21st century will present. However, there is a great opportunity to leverage recent advances in online learning and network/community based learning to enable students to further connect to these 21st century concepts. This paper outlines the architecture of an online platform as well as its approach to pedagogy and developing a Canadian learning network for global engineering.

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