Origins of title: IEEE talk in Dublin sponsored by friends from IBM Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue came on radio. Synchronicity: unrelated events coming together at propitious times. Many events in history of OIP synchronicity in this sense.
Story about how engineering lost its way. Use StarTrek. Scotty was the engineer: Resourceful, creative, and whole (logical and emotional).
How did the cold, blood science officer, Spock, become the poster child for the ideal engineer. Was the science officer (not the engineer)
World-War 2 myth: Science won the war (bomb/radar).
World War 2 reality: Engineering won the war (P-51, Liberty ship, engineering, manufacturing, logistical prowess. Liberty Ships: 16 shipbuilding yards, 230 down to 42 days each, 2751 made
Paradigm of engineering education not fixed on rational grounds. Origins are status origins.
Odd Couple of biblical proportions. Carravaggio David and Goliath
Beauty and the beast
Or given what we’re doing perhaps the metaphor of “Wedding crasher” is more apt But
EotF 2.0 – April 2009 at Olin College Theme of transformation.
Elephant, Rider, and path: Emotion, Rational, and Organizational change. Three eigenvectors of effective change.
One approach to curriculum reform is to build a new campus & school.Olin Foundation
iFoundry as organizational change. 2 keys: Pilot incubator for curriculum/program change. Permit change with connections to all departments. Respect faculty governance. Get pilot permission from the dept. and go back to faculty for vote after pilot change.
Olin Effect: Elephant at Olin Went to Franklin W. Olin College first time February 2008. A moving experience: Talked to freshmen during heat-sink measurements. Pride in design-build prowess: Engineering identity. Confidence. Assertion of personal aspirations & initiative. Envisioned distant day when we might get Olin effect at Illinois.
22 August 2009 was iLaunch. 1-hour course on missing basics + extracurricular iCommunity, student-run virtual learning community, & mastery time sequence iLaunch signaled different kind of program. 3 Joys: Joy of engineering, community & learning. Unified by the missing basics. Within student-run community of learners: iCommunity. But it wasn’t all smooth
Elephant at Illinois Students started to assert themselves as free men and women and as engineers: 6 students go to NextGen conference. 3 students apply and get accepted to TEC Silicon Valley trip. Student rearranges finals to go to Indonesia with NUS students. Student networks with Cory Levy to get VC interview in Colorado. 8 students visited Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. Student starts passionate pursuits brown-bag series. Student invites IDEO lecturer to campus.
A key reason reform fails is economics. At research university
Let the games begin
EotF3.0: Emotional Rescue of Engineering Education
The Emotional Rescue
of Engineering Education:
Why Unleashing Student Engagement is Crucially Important
David E. Goldberg
Olin-Illinois Partnership (OIP)
& Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education (aPIE2)
Urbana, IL 61801
My Job Right Now
• Answer two questions:
– What is connection of Engineer
of the Future 3.0 to EotF1.0 and
– What is connection of Dan Pink
& Drive to
• EotF3.0 and
• Unleashing Student
Engagement in and for the
• Stimulate thinking and doing,
reliance on appropriate extrinsic &
Bumps, Confusion, then Demos & iCheckpoint
• Students: What do you want us to
• iFoundry staff: Don’t know. What
do you want to do?
• Then steam engines worked.
• iCheckpoint held.
• Something seemed to click.
• Jaime Kelleher: “Weren’t sure you
were serious about us doing what
we wanted to do, but then realized
you were, and it was very cool.”
The Olin Effect at Illinois!
• But how?
– Weren’t able to change the
– Weren’t able to build new
– Weren’t able to remake the
– Weren’t able overhaul the
teaching or teachers.
• Did one-hour course +
iCommunity? Seems like too
little. Olin Effect at Illinois
Power for Change in Students
• How could so little do so
• Tapped into the power of
• Threefold model:
Why So Important?
• Achieve alignment with best industry practices.
• Get more students to become engineers.
• Get higher quality category creators.
• Overcome unfavorable economics of engineering
What Can We Do?
• Intrinsic motivation with and without training wheels. Inject
autonomy, mastery & purpose into culture & curriculum in
• Student power and light. Make students part of transformation
team. Trust them to do big jobs.
• Incubate and cooperate. Make innovation an ongoing activity
between and among departments.
• Share & pair. Suspend intercollegiate rivalry. Make your own odd
couple. Pair with rival. Pair with complement. But work with
• Come together. Alliance for Innovation in Engineering Education
meant to be loose, active alliance of the willing. Don’t need
another ASEE. Need active collaboration & learning.
“I'll be your savior, steadfast and
true, I'll come to engineering
education’s emotional rescue.”
• Have reviewed history of
• Have considered the
and motivational change at
Olin and Illinois.
• Emphasized missing
• Day designed as celebration
and exploration of intrinsic
motivation in engineering