Week six of LER590UE discusses important transitions for the engineer, from school to work, and from HS to college, using iFoundry as an example of a system designed to facilitate and effective transition.
From Applied Math-Science to Qual-Quant Balance<br />Usual: Qualitative skills developed in humanities & SS courses make “well-rounded” or “cultured” individuals.<br /><ul><li>Here: Missing basics essential to being a great engineer.
The Joy(s) of Engineering (JoE)<br />These misconceptions block achieving the joy of engineering qua engineering.<br />Engineering reduced to merely technical analysis vs. engineering as creative, integrative enterprise serving human needs. <br />3 iFoundry student aspirations:<br />Create cool technology (products & services)<br />Wannabe the next Max Levchin (entrepreneurial).<br />Want to create sustainable world & solve societal problems (service)<br />New class: ENG 100 ++, Intro to Missing Basics of Engineering.<br />
From JoE to JoC (Joy of Community)<br />Cliché of cold war engineering education.<br />Engin profs used to say the following:<br />“Look to your left. Look to your right.”<br />“One of the three of you won’t make it!”<br />Statistically correct: 50%-70% survive.<br />Pedagogically improper. <br />Why take pride in failure of capable students?<br />Assumption: “Rugged individuals” must survive selective “weed out” process to be successful.<br />
Research Shows Otherwise<br />Russ Korte’s work on transitions:<br />College to work<br />HS to College<br />Single most important variable in transition success social connectedness (SC).<br />Critical element of iFoundry is what we call iCommunity.<br />Russell Korte<br />
Look to Left & Right: iFoundry Version<br />Try it again:<br />Look to your left. Look to your right.<br />In iFoundry those two people crucial supporters to help you complete a challenging learning experience.<br />iLaunch is primarily about the joy of community.<br />Not an accident that we start with this.<br />iCommunity calculus: How can we form a supportive group and become great engineers together?<br />
What Needed for Joy of Community?<br />What skills necessary to become tight knit supportive community?<br />Need to probe and ask questions of others.<br />Need to label challenging people problems.<br />Need to create and communicate.<br />You need the missing basics!!!<br />Joy of community, teamwork, leadership, facilitated by mastery of the missing basics.<br />
Teaching: Another Blast from the Past <br />In old model, students were passive vessels.<br />Professors poured knowledge into their brains.<br />Assumes static world of engineers as category enhancers.<br />Three flavors of iStudent as category creators:<br />Cool new technology.<br />Entrepreneurs & innovators.<br />Working with developing cultures.<br />Common thread: Need to create new stuff & need to keep learning.<br />Learning in creative era is never ending enterprise.<br />
Research on Tech Visionaries as Clue<br />Helpful to look at extreme exemplars of success.<br />Price, Vojak, & Griffin have done work on tech visionaries (TVs).<br />TV creates bottom line revenue from new products & services.<br />T-shaped person both broad and deep.<br />TVs are dynamic Ts.<br />Do deep dive in unfamiliar area to make new products.<br />Ray Price<br />
How to Be a Joyful Lifelong Learner?<br />What skills do you need to be a dynamic T or lifelong learner?<br />Need to ask framing questions.<br />Need to learn lingo of new areas & connect to things understood.<br />Need to collect data in new situation.<br />Need to come up with creative solutions appropriate to situation.<br />You guessed it. The missing basics are the key.<br />Teaching Company www.teach12.com<br />
A Vision with Systemic Coherence<br />Taken together three joys—JoE, JoC, JoL—can help align engineering education with the times.<br />Missing basics tie all three together: Critical & creative thinking skills cut across joy of engineering, community & learning.<br />iCommunity provides social connectedness to provide student self-reliance and commitment.<br />So how’s it work?<br />