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, 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

  1. 1. 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]
  2. 2. Motivation & Roadmap <ul><li>iFoundry began in 2007 with precursors in 1993. </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational design of iFoundry overcomes organizational resistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Cold war curriculum & an unbalanced curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Roadmap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A systems view of engineering education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Artifacts as a starting point for engineering education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3Space as balanced design for curriculum reform: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ThingSpace </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ThinkSpace </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FolkSpace </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3Space Studios as way to advance content. </li></ul></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  3. 3. Systems View of Change <ul><li>Engineering education is a complex system. </li></ul><ul><li>Most change focuses on pedagogy & formal curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Organization & content often ignored. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  4. 4. Start with Artifacts, Not Analysis <ul><li>Cold war content shifted to math and science. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering is about artifacts (things)—products, processes, and systems—& use by people. </li></ul><ul><li>Want philosophically grounded view of engineering content. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  5. 5. 3Space: A Systems Approach <ul><li>Systematically and systemically work on content errors to effect curriculum change. </li></ul><ul><li>3Space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ThingSpace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ThinkSpace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FolkSpace </li></ul></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008 3Space
  6. 6. ThingSpace <ul><li>ThingTalk-artifact language. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingViz-artifact visualization. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingTube-artifact video/audio. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingUse-customer requirements & usability. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingStyle-industrial design, aesthetics, and styling. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingMake-artifact manufacture & prototyping. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingLib-artifact libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingSafe-artifact ethics & safety. </li></ul><ul><li>ThingPast-History and heroes of technology. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  7. 7. ThinkSpace <ul><li>What engineer’s don’t learn: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t question: Socrates 101. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t label: Aristotle 101. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t model: Hume 101 & Aristotle 102. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t decompose: Descartes 101. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t ideate: Osborn 101. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t measure: Locke 101 or Bacon 101. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t communicate: Newman 101 </li></ul></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  8. 8. FolkSpace <ul><li>Things created by people for people. </li></ul><ul><li>Important skills: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money & Markets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At personal, interpersonal, organizational, and cultural levels. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  9. 9. 3Space Studios <ul><li>Qualitative ThinkSpace, & all of ThingSpace and Folkspace relatively sparse. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to advance content rapidly through use of digital media and open source materials. </li></ul><ul><li>3Space Studios is generating materials starting Fall 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>These videos are pilot of those efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom line: Can take principled and balanced approach to curriculum reform in 3Space. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008 http://www.illigal.uiuc.edu/web/ifoundry
  10. 10. 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]

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