February 10, 2021
Designing innovative first year courses has attracted engineering educators world over. “Engineering Exploration” course is the outcome of one such effort. This course focuses on engineering problem solving, multi- disciplinary engineering skills, engineering design process, team work and collaboration. Ethics and sustainability are also essential part of this course. The course is characterized by a number of unique features: 1. It promotes students’ learning through exploration and learning by doing. 2. It is co- designed by a team of faculty members from different engineering disciplines 3. Learning is facilitated by a group of teachers through team teaching 4. It follows PBL pedagogy with focus on both engineering design process and the product. Over the past five years the course is acting as a test best for a number of experiments in engineering education resulting in several reforms not only in this course but also influencing several other courses in the subsequent years of undergraduate engineering degree programs. The learning from this experiment is also used in training faculty members. The course is recognized by India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) as a foundation course for its National ESDM skills Training & Research Academy (NETRA). In this session, Dr. Joshi will share the experience of designing and delivering “Engineering Exploration” course.
About the Speaker: Gopalkrishna Joshi is Executive Director of Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Bengaluru (India). Prior to joining KSHEC, he was Professor of Computer Science and Dea (Curriculum Innovation & Program Assessment) at KLE Technological University (KLE Tech), Hubballi, India. He was also the Director of Centre for Engineering Education Research (CEER) at KLE Tech., which is founded to promote innovation and research in Engineering Education. His areas of research interest include data engineering and engineering education. Dr. Joshi is involved in practice and research in outcome based education. He has made contributions to innovations in first year engineering curriculum and PBL practices. He has 30+ publications to his credit. He has involved himself in design and conduct of a number of faculty development programs. He has designed and conducted unique faculty development programs. He has trained more than 3000 faculty members on practice of outcome based education and 3500+ faculty members on “Examination Reforms in Engineering Education” for AICTE, New Delhi. Dr. Joshi is member of professional bodies including Institution of Engineers ( India), Association of Computing Machinery, Indian Society for TechnicalEducation, and American Society for Engineering Education
Keywords: AU research seminar series