It Started withA Conversation about Creativity:What Happened and What’s Next?<br />David E. GoldbergIllinois Foundry for I...
iStudents Want to Know What’s Next<br />Celebrating first semester of first iFoundry class.<br />Many thanks necessary: iF...
Roadmap<br />A conversation about creativity.<br />How to change an organization designed to resist change.<br />The role ...
A Conversation about Creativity<br />Working on an NSF ERC proposal and discussing educational component involving creativ...
Not a Committee, A Pilot Program<br />Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry):<br />Curriculum...
The Role of Philosophy<br />iFoundry belief: Many problems of engineering education are philosophical or conceptual.<br />...
Student Involvement & the Olin Effect<br />Students involved in iFoundry planning from beginning.<br />Sp08, ENG498 - Desi...
iFoundry as a College Activity & the OIP<br />Dean Adesida made iFoundry a college activity in Fa08.<br />Immediately sign...
Fa09 & iLaunch: The Students are Coming<br />22 August 2009 was iLaunch.<br />93 students admitted, 88 came to campus, 73 ...
Bumps, Confusion, then Demos & iCheckpoint<br />Students: What do you want us to do?<br />iFoundry staff: Don’t know.  Wha...
You Told Us the Experience was Working<br />November 11th survey, First two weeks versus now.<br />Five-point Likert scale...
Asserted Yourselves as iTeams & Individuals<br />Started to assert yourselves.<br />iTeams got plans matched with availabl...
AAAs: Aspirationally Assertive Acts<br />You started to assert yourselves as free men and women and as engineers:<br />6 s...
Got the Olin Effect at Illinois!<br />But how?<br />Didn’t change the whole curriculum.<br />Didn’t build new buildings.<b...
Why Did This Work So Well?<br />We trusted and supported students in 7 ways:<br />Appealed to passion (3 joys).<br />Respe...
Illinois Engineering Freshman Experience (iEFX)<br />Joy<br />Aspiration<br />Identity<br />Choice<br />© David E. Goldber...
Next Semester<br />World of work becomes key emphasis: Summer internships and aspirational activities.<br />Mentornet laun...
Next Year<br />Roll out of new courses (UOCD and FBE) as swappable iFoundry options.<br />Projects and iTeams continue as ...
In Four Years<br />More student choice and respect/support for student aspirations.<br />Design throughout the curriculum....
Bottom Line<br />Started with a conversation about creativity.<br />Became system to actualize change.<br />Quickly became...
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  1. 1. It Started withA Conversation about Creativity:What Happened and What’s Next?<br />David E. GoldbergIllinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, IL 61801 USA<br />deg@illinois.edu<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  2. 2. iStudents Want to Know What’s Next<br />Celebrating first semester of first iFoundry class.<br />Many thanks necessary: iFAs, iSAs, iCOAs, college staff, departmental staff.<br />Had the iLaunch, the iCheckpoint, ENG 198 (ENG 100 ++), and now iExpo. <br />Is there life after the first semester of iFoundry?<br />What comes next?<br />iFoundry a pilot. Was it a success?<br />What will we do next semester? Next year? Next four years?<br />Helpful to step back and see big picture.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  3. 3. Roadmap<br />A conversation about creativity.<br />How to change an organization designed to resist change.<br />The role of philosophy, student involvement, and the Olin effect.<br />From iLaunch to iCheckpoint to iExpo.<br />AAAs and the Olin effect at Illinois.<br />iEFX next fall.<br />Next semester, next year, and in four years.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  4. 4. A Conversation about Creativity<br />Working on an NSF ERC proposal and discussing educational component involving creativity and innovation.<br />“Why don’t we teach this stuff to all our students?”<br />But how? Engineering education surprisingly resistant to top-down reform. <br />Andreas Cangellaris<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  5. 5. Not a Committee, A Pilot Program<br />Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry):<br />Curriculum change incubator. Permit change.<br />Collaboration. Large, key ugrad programs work together. Easier approval if shared. <br />Connections. Hook to depts, NAE, ABET (?), industry. <br />Volunteers. Enthusiasm for change among participants. <br />Existing authority. Use signatory authority for modification of curricula for immediate pilot. <br />Respect faculty governance. Get pilot permission from the dept. and go back to faculty for vote after pilot change<br />Assessment. Built-in assessment to overcome objections back home. <br />Scalability. Past attempts at change like Olin fail to scale at UIUC and other big schools.<br />Utopian curriculum change doomed. <br />Organizationally sensitive change has a chance. <br />iFoundry Circles of Influence<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  6. 6. The Role of Philosophy<br />iFoundry belief: Many problems of engineering education are philosophical or conceptual.<br />iFoundry led efforts to create Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering.<br />First one held at TUDelft in the Netherlands.<br />Series of papers undergird iFoundry efforts intellectually.<br />Missing basics reflection as key to new engineer’s education.<br />www.philengtech.org<br />fPET-2010, 9-10 May 2010, Golden CO.<br />Socrates & the Missing Basics<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  7. 7. Student Involvement & the Olin Effect<br />Students involved in iFoundry planning from beginning.<br />Sp08, ENG498 - Designing the Engineering Curriculum of the Future.<br />Went to Franklin W. Olin College first time February 2008.<br />A moving experience: Talked to freshmen during heat-sink measurements.<br />Pridein design-build prowess: Engineering identity.<br />Confidence.<br />Assertion of personal aspirations related to engineering education.<br />Envisioned distant day when we saw “Olin effect” at Illinois.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering<br />
  8. 8. iFoundry as a College Activity & the OIP<br />Dean Adesida made iFoundry a college activity in Fa08.<br />Immediately signed the Olin-Illinois Partnership (OIP) on 12 September 2008.<br />Importance of community conversation: Rick Miller, President of Olin.<br />IlesanmiAdesida<br />Richard K. Miller<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  9. 9. Fa09 & iLaunch: The Students are Coming<br />22 August 2009 was iLaunch.<br />93 students admitted, 88 came to campus, 73 still in program.<br />iLaunch signaled different kind of program.<br />3 Joys: Joy of engineering, community & learning.<br />Unified by the missing basics.<br />Within student-run community of learners: iCommunity.<br />But it wasn’t all smooth.<br />iStudents on Allerton low ropes course<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  10. 10. Bumps, Confusion, then Demos & iCheckpoint<br />Students: What do you want us to do?<br />iFoundry staff: Don’t know. What do you want to do?<br />Then steam engines worked. <br />iCheckpoint held.<br />Something seemed to click.<br />Jaime Kelleher: “Wasn’t sure you were serious about us doing what we wanted to do, but then realized you were, and it was very cool.”<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  11. 11. You Told Us the Experience was Working<br />November 11th survey, First two weeks versus now.<br />Five-point Likert scale. Percentages of agree and strongly agree. <br />Understood/stand the iFoundry vision: 12% 76%<br />Understood/stand iCommunity: 29%  75.5%<br />Understood/stand ENG198: 57%  88%<br />Felt/feel iFoundry valuable academics & professionally: 69%  80%<br />Felt/feel iFoundry valuable in student connections: 84%  88%<br />Your words:<br />“Sure I made the right career choice.”<br />“I might not like my future co-workers, but I’ll love my job.”<br />“Making me more confident in my decision to be an engineer.” <br />“I’m definitely more entrepreneurial.” <br />“I think I feel more comfortable being an engineer.” <br />“Just an overall all-rounded engineer, not just a technician. A human, not just a problem solver.”<br />“The future looks brighter thanks to iFoundry.”<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  12. 12. Asserted Yourselves as iTeams & Individuals<br />Started to assert yourselves.<br />iTeams got plans matched with available time.<br />Individuals started to do interesting things.<br />Things freshmen at Illinois don’t usually do. <br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  13. 13. AAAs: Aspirationally Assertive Acts<br />You started to assert yourselves as free men and women and as engineers:<br />6 students go to NextGen conference.<br />3 students apply and get accepted to TEC Silicon Valley trip.<br />Student rearranges finals to go to Indonesia with NUS students.<br />Student networks with Cory Levy to get VC interview in Colorado.<br />The data and the stories told us we were getting Olin effect at Illinois!<br />Cory Levy setting up at NextGen<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  14. 14. Got the Olin Effect at Illinois!<br />But how?<br />Didn’t change the whole curriculum.<br />Didn’t build new buildings.<br />Didn’t remake the classrooms.<br />Didn’t overhaul the teaching or teachers.<br />One-hour course + iCommunity?<br />Did trust your judgment & support your aspirations.<br />The Big I at Olin College<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  15. 15. Why Did This Work So Well?<br />We trusted and supported students in 7 ways:<br />Appealed to passion (3 joys).<br />Respected aspirations & choices (iTeam themes).<br />Built qualitative thinking skills (Roam + missing basics + HAPI).<br />Insisted on working together (iTeams & iCommunity).<br />Trusted student initiative (provided rules & structure, but not instructions)<br />Unleashed inner builder & engineering identity (Steam engine & μcontroller).<br />Began with the end in mind (world of work and iCOAs).<br />Leads to the Illinois Way of engineering education transformation: Organizational design + conceptual rigor + student support & trust.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  16. 16. Illinois Engineering Freshman Experience (iEFX)<br />Joy<br />Aspiration<br />Identity<br />Choice<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  17. 17. Next Semester<br />World of work becomes key emphasis: Summer internships and aspirational activities.<br />Mentornet launch for iFoundry: one-on-one mentoring with industry volunteers.<br />Courses: Pilots of Foundations of Business & Entrepreneurship (FBE) & User-Oriented Collaborative Design (UOCD) for 2010-2011 launch.<br />HAPI themes and new LibEd courses.<br />Kevin Wolz and Passionate Pursuits.<br />Other crosscutting activities.<br />iTeams and projects continue as extracurricular activity.<br />http://www.mentornet.net/<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  18. 18. Next Year<br />Roll out of new courses (UOCD and FBE) as swappable iFoundry options.<br />Projects and iTeams continue as independent RSOs if desired.<br />Social membership continues in iCommunity. <br />Join regular engineering student life, run for office.<br />Hire experienced iFoundry hands as iEFXELAs.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  19. 19. In Four Years<br />More student choice and respect/support for student aspirations.<br />Design throughout the curriculum.<br />Industrially sponsored design across college.<br />Pervasive community and teamwork at Illinois.<br />Culture of change and curriculum innovation.<br />Graduation of the class of 2013: Engineering leaders on national or international stage.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
  20. 20. Bottom Line<br />Started with a conversation about creativity.<br />Became system to actualize change.<br />Quickly became way <br />to trust your judgment <br />support your aspirations<br />respect your choices<br />& develop your engineering identity.<br />This was about you, it has come about because of you, and it will become what you make it.<br />© David E. Goldberg 2009<br />
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