In an effort to partner with universities, with the IET (one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary engineering bodies) and with other educational entities in the engineering space, Steve Mackay visited the UK on a whirlwind trip this month.
There is much chatter about the online, digital age of learning and as we know Steve is not only passionate about the opportunities that this platform of learning offers to students, but is a staunch proponent. He is poignantly aware that there are students in parts of the world who are unable to either reach a campus or access world-class education for any number of reasons, some of which include financial and geographical constraints and full time work.
During this visit to the UK he certainly witnessed a shift in attitude towards distance learning and, to varying degrees, implementation progress. The favoured approach seems to entail a more sophisticated version of the old asynchronous style of online teaching. Traditional readings are now meshed with videos, automated quizzes and forms of gamification.
Cambridge University, whose lecture theatres remain brimming with the student elite from around the world, is even considering the implications of an online model. Steve was heartened to see the glimmer of interest in a number of their dynamic engineering dons. The idea of sharing their quite remarkable academic prowess and their vast research and industry capability with those who cannot make it to Cambridge was not lost on them.
Among others Manchester University is bravely promoting a new online Master of Science in Electrical Power Systems and Liverpool University and their partners are well and truly forging ahead with online course options, mainly in IT.
Steve believes that EIT can learn much from these UK entities, but with its own robust synchronous online learning platform and considerable volume of cutting-edge engineering content, he also firmly believes that EIT can offer a great deal in return. Steve, together with the EIT team, will redouble their efforts to ensure these partnerships benefit and ultimately improve the educational outcomes and opportunities for those drawn to engineering and technology in all corners of the globe.
Thanks to http://www.bornmobile.co.il/index.php?q=node/148 for the amusing image.