1116 August 2002
Electronic technologies (e-technologies) are being infused rapidly into the learning process and infrastructure of engineering education as a result of the spectacular improvements in their computing power, communications capability, ease of use, and declining cost. They also offer unique pedagogical opportunities to enhance student learning: they promote exploratory and interactive modes of inquiry, support and facilitate team-oriented collaborations, and expand the ease of access to engineering education across institutiona, geographical, and cultural boundaries, among others. However, the infusion of these powerful technologies into engineering education has led to an active debate as to their benefits and limitations.
The focus of this conference is to examine and discuss
- How are electronic technologies used now to improve engineering student learning and performance?
- How should e-technologies be used in the future?
Several members of the University of Wisconsin Madison Foundation Coalition projects are participating in and organizing the conference. These include
- Michael Corradini (chair, Department of Engineering Physics, and cochair, organizing committee)
- Sarah Pfatteicher (assistant dean, Engineering Academic Affairs, and a session cochair for the assessment portion of the conference)
- Jennifer Kushner (associate director, Wisconsin Engineering Education Laboratory, and a facilitation trainer for the conference)