iFoundry West Coast Swing Illinois Foundry   for Innovation in Engineering Education Philosophical, Organizational & Syste...
Motivation <ul><li>We live in a  creative era ,  but…   </li></ul><ul><li>Teach engineering curriculum formed in crucible ...
Roadmap <ul><li>Failure  of engineering education change efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Systems  view of the problem of academ...
Can  Engineering Education  Change? <ul><li>Creative era:  category creators , not just category enhancers. </li></ul><ul>...
Why  Curriculum  Doesn’t Change <ul><li>Organizational resistance:  Academic NIMBY ( not in my back yard ) problem.  OK to...
iFoundry:  Unblocking the Organization <ul><li>Collaborative, interdepartmental pilot unit.   Permit change. </li></ul><ul...
What Engineers Don’t Learn :  & Why They Don’t Learn It <ul><li>Experience from real-world senior design. </li></ul><ul><l...
Start with  Artifacts , Not Analysis <ul><li>Cold war content shifted to  math and science , but these are  not the essenc...
3Space:   A Balanced, Systems Approach <ul><li>Content, 3Space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ThingSpace : Artifacts as key produc...
Big Picture:  Aims of Revisions BS MS 1 st  yr Professional MS Degree w/ Advanced Analysis
Fa08/Sp09  Foci : 6 Elements <ul><li>Fall08: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ThingLab:  Lab transforms graphics to ThingSpace basics...
The  Students  Are Coming!  Fa09 Rollout Goals <ul><li>Increased  balance  in 3Space: from cold war to creative era curric...
One  Size  Doesn’t Fit All <ul><li>Different departments choose different options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic iFoundry op...
Cast of 1000s : Not Just Engineers <ul><li>Ray Fouche (History) history and culture of technology.  </li></ul><ul><li>Davi...
Jerry Says “ It’s For the Kids ” <ul><li>iFoundry  student scholars : $2k / year/student. </li></ul><ul><li>iFoundry  fell...
iFoundry Wants  You ! <ul><li>Subscribe  YouTube, SlideShare, Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual visit : YouTube videos a...
More  Information <ul><li>iFoundry :  http://www.ifoundry.illinois.edu   </li></ul><ul><li>ETSI :  http://www.illigal.uiuc...
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iFoundry Presentation by David E. Goldberg during week of 26 January 2009 on West Coast. Introduces rationale and current plans for iFoundry rollout in 2009

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  1. 1. iFoundry West Coast Swing Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education Philosophical, Organizational & Systems Innovations for Effective Change D. E. Goldberg, A. Cangellaris, & R. Price University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign {deg,cangella,price1}@illinois.edu
  2. 2. Motivation <ul><li>We live in a creative era , but… </li></ul><ul><li>Teach engineering curriculum formed in crucible of WW2/cold war . </li></ul><ul><li>Need for change is widely recognized, but… </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts at change local , misdirected , or unsuccessfu l. </li></ul><ul><li>One-by-one efforts inherently limited. </li></ul><ul><li>Successes don’t diffuse & curriculum change is slow . </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Can engineering education change? Yes, but must direct efforts at the real problems . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Roadmap <ul><li>Failure of engineering education change efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Systems view of the problem of academic change. </li></ul><ul><li>iFoundry: Cross-departmental incubator or pilot . </li></ul><ul><li>What engineers don’t learn : A view from industrial-based senior design. </li></ul><ul><li>3Space as balanced framework : ThingSpace, ThinkSpace, & FolkSpace. </li></ul><ul><li>Brass tacks: 6 foci for 2009-2009: ThingLab, 3Space Studios, Operation Fresh, Admissions, Rollout planning & EOTF2.0. </li></ul><ul><li>Jerry says, “ It’s for the kids: ” Financial ways to help. </li></ul><ul><li>Alums & friends contributing their brains & time, too. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Can Engineering Education Change? <ul><li>Creative era: category creators , not just category enhancers. </li></ul><ul><li>Many failed efforts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporation s: Sponsor research, conferences, educational change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alums understand need for change in their work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academy : NSF coalitions, Engineer of 2020, Duderstadt report, Olin College. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bottom line: Some success, no diffusion across departments, colleges, borders. </li></ul><ul><li>Systems problem : Not firing on all cylinders. </li></ul><ul><li>Change efforts isolated . </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophically unsound & conceptually unclear. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Curriculum Doesn’t Change <ul><li>Organizational resistance: Academic NIMBY ( not in my back yard ) problem. OK to reform, but don’t change MY course! </li></ul><ul><li>Content errors after WW2: Math and science squeezed out design in WW2 and cold war. Don’t have correct content or materials (books, cases, artifacts) to teach anything else. </li></ul><ul><li>Reform doesn’t scale: Best exemplars require faculty heroics, funding, and exclusive dedication to undergraduate education. Won’t xfer verbatim to Illiniois with 5700 ugrads and world-class research enterprise. </li></ul>Vannevar Bush (1890-1974)
  6. 6. iFoundry: Unblocking the Organization <ul><li>Collaborative, interdepartmental pilot unit. Permit change. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers. Enthusiasm for change among faculty & student participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing authority. Use signatory authority for modification of curricula for immediate pilot. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect faculty governance. Permanent changes go through usual channels. </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability. 300 @ teaching U vs. 5700 at research U. </li></ul><ul><li>Open-source curriculum change. Do it in the open. </li></ul>http://www.illigal.uiuc.edu/web/ifoundry/files/2007/08/ifoundry_concept.pdf
  7. 7. What Engineers Don’t Learn : & Why They Don’t Learn It <ul><li>Experience from real-world senior design. </li></ul><ul><li>After 4 years they </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t ask questions (Socrates 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t label things (Aristotle 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t model qualitatively (Aristotle 102, Hume 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t decompose problems (Descartes 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t experimen t or measure (Locke 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t visualize/draw (daVinci/Monge 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t communicate (Newman 101). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Huge “quality” failure : “product” (engineering students) inadequate to intended function. </li></ul><ul><li>7 failures as decomposition for repair. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach critical/creative thought : context of design. </li></ul>Socrates (470-399 BCE)
  8. 8. Start with Artifacts , Not Analysis <ul><li>Cold war content shifted to math and science , but these are not the essence of engineering. </li></ul><ul><li>Place artifacts (things)— products, processes, and systems —at center. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize importance of engineeering thought (think) and engineering as social process (folk). </li></ul><ul><li>Yields philosophically well grounded decomposition. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 3Space: A Balanced, Systems Approach <ul><li>Content, 3Space: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ThingSpace : Artifacts as key product of engineering thought. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ThinkSpace : Engineers do more thinking than mere math & science. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FolkSpace : Engineering is performed by and for groups of people. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cold war curriculum unbalanced toward math & science in ways unacceptable in a creative era. </li></ul>3Space
  10. 10. Big Picture: Aims of Revisions BS MS 1 st yr Professional MS Degree w/ Advanced Analysis
  11. 11. Fa08/Sp09 Foci : 6 Elements <ul><li>Fall08: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ThingLab: Lab transforms graphics to ThingSpace basics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3Space Studios: Digital media to promote open & viral curriculum development. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operation Fresh: Transformation of the freshmen year of engineering. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spring09 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Admissions : Design and implement admissions process for first cohort. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rollout planning : Coursework & changes in place for Fa09 students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineer of the Future : April 1 st part of Olin-Illinois Partnership. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Students Are Coming! Fa09 Rollout Goals <ul><li>Increased balance in 3Space: from cold war to creative era curriculum (category creators & enhancers). </li></ul><ul><li>Increased joy of engineering: Improved recruitment & retention, including women & minorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased student choice : Improved satisfaction and ownership of degree. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated student life from get go. </li></ul>
  13. 13. One Size Doesn’t Fit All <ul><li>Different departments choose different options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic iFoundry option: ENG 100++ and HAPI themes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-life plans: Teamwork for Quality Education (TQE). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional options: Freshman Think/Thingspace Option & Qualitative science swap. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departmental pilot changes. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Cast of 1000s : Not Just Engineers <ul><li>Ray Fouche (History) history and culture of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>David E. Goldberg (IESE) innovation theory, engin philosophy/history. </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Hahn (Center for Teaching Excellence) student engagement & improving pedagogy. </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Hammack (ChemE) technology for civilians. </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Hollis (Business Administration & TEC) law & entrepreneurship. </li></ul><ul><li>Alex Kirlik (Human Factors) human factors and engin psych. </li></ul><ul><li>Russ Korte (Education) transition to school & work. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Leake (IESE), visualization, graphics, product realization. </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Loui (ECE). Engineering ethics & professionalism. </li></ul><ul><li>Deana McDonagh (Art & Design) emotional design. </li></ul><ul><li>Ray Price (IESE), emotional intelligence and leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Sandvig (Communications), gaming, communications & tech. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharra Vostral (Gender & Women Studies) women, technology & design </li></ul><ul><li>David Weightman (Art & Design), industrial design. </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Zehr (Career Services), communications & career planning. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Jerry Says “ It’s For the Kids ” <ul><li>iFoundry student scholars : $2k / year/student. </li></ul><ul><li>iFoundry fellows : $5k/semester/fellow. </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiries in Engineering Education Lecture Series (IEE): $10k - $20k/year. </li></ul><ul><li>iFoundry teams (25 students, like baseball team): $10k-25k/team/year. </li></ul><ul><li>3SpaceStudios digital upgrade: $100k-250k one time. </li></ul><ul><li>iFoundry endowment and naming opportunity ($5M - $10M). </li></ul>Jerry Lewis (b. 1926)
  16. 16. iFoundry Wants You ! <ul><li>Subscribe YouTube, SlideShare, Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual visit : YouTube videos and SlideShare ppts, tales from the trenches. </li></ul><ul><li>Real visit: short (lecture), medium (Engineer in Residence) or long (Prof of Practice). </li></ul><ul><li>Promote iFoundry aid from your company . </li></ul><ul><li>Team mentor/sponsor (see previous page). </li></ul><ul><li>EOTF2.0 & Alliance for Promoting Innovation in Engineering Education . </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory board in formation. </li></ul>
  17. 17. More Information <ul><li>iFoundry : http://www.ifoundry.illinois.edu </li></ul><ul><li>ETSI : http://www.illigal.uiuc.edu/web/etsi </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop on Philosophy & Engineering : http://www-illigal.ge.uiuc.e du/wpe </li></ul><ul><li>Engineer of the Future 2.0 : http://engineerofthefuture.olin.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube : www.youtube.com/illinoisf oundry </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare : www.slideshare.net/ifoundry </li></ul>

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