3Space: Balanced Transformation of Engineering Education
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he cold war engineering curriculum overemphasized math and science at the expense of design. The 3Space initiative at the University of Illinois redresses that imbalance by starting from artifacts, ...

he cold war engineering curriculum overemphasized math and science at the expense of design. The 3Space initiative at the University of Illinois redresses that imbalance by starting from artifacts, working toward a broader vision of engineering knowledge and reasoning, and remembering that engineering is an activity by and for people.

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  • 3Space: Balanced Transformation of Engineering Education David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 USA [email_address]
  • Motivation & Roadmap
    • iFoundry began in 2007 with precursors in 1993.
    • Organizational design of iFoundry overcomes organizational resistance.
    • Cold war curriculum & an unbalanced curriculum.
    • Roadmap
      • A systems view of engineering education.
      • Artifacts as a starting point for engineering education.
      • 3Space as balanced design for curriculum reform:
          • ThingSpace
          • ThinkSpace
          • FolkSpace
      • 3Space Studios as way to advance content.
    © David E. Goldberg 2008
  • Systems View of Change
    • Engineering education is a complex system.
    • Most change focuses on pedagogy & formal curriculum.
    • Organization & content often ignored.
    © David E. Goldberg 2008
  • Start with Artifacts, Not Analysis
    • Cold war content shifted to math and science.
    • Engineering is about artifacts (things)—products, processes, and systems—& use by people.
    • Want philosophically grounded view of engineering content.
    © David E. Goldberg 2008
  • 3Space: A Systems Approach
    • Systematically and systemically work on content errors to effect curriculum change.
    • 3Space:
      • ThingSpace
      • ThinkSpace
      • FolkSpace
    © David E. Goldberg 2008 3Space
  • ThingSpace
    • ThingTalk-artifact language.
    • ThingViz-artifact visualization.
    • ThingTube-artifact video/audio.
    • ThingUse-customer requirements & usability.
    • ThingStyle-industrial design, aesthetics, and styling.
    • ThingMake-artifact manufacture & prototyping.
    • ThingLib-artifact libraries.
    • ThingSafe-artifact ethics & safety.
    • ThingPast-History and heroes of technology.
    © David E. Goldberg 2008
  • ThinkSpace
    • What engineer’s don’t learn:
      • Can’t question: Socrates 101.
      • Can’t label: Aristotle 101.
      • Can’t model: Hume 101 & Aristotle 102.
      • Can’t decompose: Descartes 101.
      • Can’t ideate: Osborn 101.
      • Can’t measure: Locke 101 or Bacon 101.
      • Can’t communicate: Newman 101
    © David E. Goldberg 2008
  • FolkSpace
    • Things created by people for people.
    • Important skills:
      • Conversation
      • Organization
      • Influence
      • Empathy
      • Modeling
      • Money & Markets
    • At personal, interpersonal, organizational, and cultural levels.
    © David E. Goldberg 2008
  • 3Space Studios
    • Qualitative ThinkSpace, & all of ThingSpace and Folkspace relatively sparse.
    • Need to advance content rapidly through use of digital media and open source materials.
    • 3Space Studios is generating materials starting Fall 2008.
    • These videos are pilot of those efforts.
    • Bottom line: Can take principled and balanced approach to curriculum reform in 3Space.
    © David E. Goldberg 2008 http://www.illigal.uiuc.edu/web/ifoundry
  • 3Space: A Balanced Approach to the Transformation of Engineering Education David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 USA [email_address]