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1 Overview of IEEE Educational Activities Litsa Micheli-Tzanakou Moshe Kam Douglas Gorham Educational Activities Board Meeting 14 February 2009 San Juan, Puerto Rico

2 Agenda EABs Mandate/Guiding Principles/Purpose Pre-university Education activities University Education activities Continuing Education activities Women In Engineering

3 EABs Mandate IEEE Constitution: ARTICLE I - NAME, PURPOSE AND TERRITORY –Sec. 2. Its purposes are: (a) scientific and educational…It shall endeavor to promote understanding of the influence of…technology on the public welfare. By-Laws –The EAB shall be the IEEE interface in education-related matters with external bodies

4 EABs Mandate IEEE by-law I-304.3 The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) shall… –Recommend to the Board of Directors policies on educational matters –Implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit IEEE members in educational pursuits And the engineering and scientific community, and the general public.

5 EABs Guiding Principles IEEE is obligated to provide its members, and others concerned with IEEEs technical fields of interest, with high quality educational opportunities IEEE needs to educate and foster a dialog with the public on technological and engineering questions, with an emphasis on young people who may consider engineering as a career path 8-Feb-145

6 EABs Duties Broad planning of educational activities of the IEEE Development and delivery of continuing education products and activities Development of guidelines for IEEE representatives to accreditation bodies Monitoring of accreditation activities Coordination of pre-university education programs Development and delivery of university education programs Representation of the IEEE in matters regarding engineering education

7 EABs Purpose To provide members and others involved in IEEEs technical fields of interest with high quality opportunities for education on these topics To provide young people, and their teachers and parents, with opportunities to understand career paths in engineering and technology To provide the professions perspective on all key aspects of higher education in IEEE technical fields of interest. 8-Feb-147

8 Pre-University Education Activities

9 Pre-university Activities Objective: Increase the propensity of young people to select engineering as a career path Sample activities: –The on-line portal –Teacher in-service program

10 What is the Challenge? Flat or declining engineering enrollments in most developed nations Insufficient number of engineers and engineering educational programs in most developing countries –Asia is far behind Europe and the US in number of engineers per capita

11 Engineering, Computer Science and IT Degrees in the US, China and India for 2003-2004 through 2005-2006 (per million citizens) Sources: Journal of Engineering Education(January 2008), Issues in Science and Technology (Spring 2007), and University of California, Berkeley – Forefront (Fall 2006)

12 Percentage of Science Degrees Awarded Science degrees include life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, engineering, manufacturing, and building Source: Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development

13 BS Degrees Awarded (US) Sources: National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation

14 What is the Challenge? Women and minority students conspicuously under-represented Public perception of engineers/ engineering/ technology is often misinformed –Resulting in early decisions that block the path of children to Engineering

15 IEEE Board of Directors: 2005 decisions Approved a new initiative in 2005 –Launching Our Childrens Path to Engineering Requested review all IEEE activities in the area of pre-university education in Engineering, Technology, and Computing Requested development of programs for wide outreach –in cooperation with other Engineering Associations and Industry Launch, test and institutionalize

16 A portal for school counselors, teachers, parents and students University search By location, program, environment 25 countries, 1739 universities Explore Engineering – Discipline Descriptions, Day in the Life of an Engineer, Preparation Tips Virtual Games54 lesson plans for teaching engineering design Ask an Expert – Ask an Engineer, Ask a Student Undergraduate Student Advice E-NewsletterStudent opportunities – summer camps, fellowships, etc. 16


18 Most Requested Lesson Plans Build your own robot arm Series and Parallel Circuits Pulleys and Force Cracking the Code (bar codes) Electric Messages Critical Load (Civil Engineering)

19 University Searches: 25 Countries Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Canada France Germany India Ireland Japan Korea Malaysia Mexico New Zealand Pakistan Portugal Russia Singapore South Africa Switzerland Taiwan Turkey United Kingdom United States

20 Languages Chinese DeutschGerman EspañolSpanish FrançaisFrench Japanese PortuguêsPortuguese русскийRussian

21 Teacher In Service Program Engineering in the Classroom

22 The Teacher In Service Program (TISP) A program that trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre- university teachers Based on approved Lesson Plans –Prepared/reviewed by IEEE volunteers –Tested in classrooms –Designed to highlight engineering design principles

23 How does it work? Volunteers gather for a day and a half of training –With teachers and school administrators Volunteers spread the program in their school districts Section volunteers run a TISP training event EAB provides logistical support and instructors

24 2008 Training Workshops Córdoba, Argentina (R9) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (R9) Los Angeles, California (R6) San Francisco, California (R6)

25 University-level Activities

26 Objectives: –Improve academic curricula and ensure their purposeful adaptation to the changing technical and business climate –Improve delivery and effectiveness of engineering education –Improve retention of engineering and technology students

27 Retention: Real World Engineering Projects Develop new projects for first year students of EE, CE, CS and EET that… –Focus students on Real World problems with solutions that benefit society –Get students excited about their own, original creative solutions –Increase student retention through personal satisfaction and accomplishment –Enhance student accomplishment through achievement

28 Accreditation

29 IEEEs Role in Accreditation (1) IEEE considers accreditation a key vehicle to ensure active involvement of the Institute in maintaining the quality and relevance of engineering education IEEE seeks a leadership role in accreditation within all the areas of its technical activities

30 IEEEs Role in Accreditation (2) IEEE seeks leadership in accreditation worldwide –Including participation in development and administration of accrediting bodies IEEE seeks to develop and support local accrediting bodies where such bodies do not exist at the present time

31 EABs Recent Accreditation Projects Development of IEEEs white paper on accreditation Development of a comprehensive on-line resource on accrediting bodies and mutual recognition agreements Assistance to emerging accrediting bodies and accreditation projects worldwide: –China, the Caribbean, South America: Peru, [El Salvador, Ecuador]

32 Accreditation in the United States

33 Scope IEEE is a founding society of ABET –Through AIEE IEEE is responsible for the peer review evaluation of 750+ engineering and engineering technology programs IEEE participates in ABET activities as IEEE and through CSAB –The CS is 40% of CSAB –Very close cooperation between the two groups –CSAB is responsible for more than 300 programs Both IEEE and CSAB have 3 ABET Board members Approximately 350 IEEE volunteers are involved each year

34 Fees and payers EAB administers a holding account for ABET fees –$3 assessment collected from members in the United States The Computer Society pays CSAB expenditures –Using funds collected by all Society members

35 Accreditation Outside the United States

36 Key Areas of Focus Providing help to accrediting bodies in formation –Including training of evaluators Providing help to groups that want to start new accrediting bodies Providing education about accreditation

37 Inventory of Activities Regional workshops on trends in accreditation –In the past: Bangkok, Bratislava, Lima –We are seeking a venue for 2009 Assistance to existing accrediting bodies Formation of new accrediting bodies –follow the volunteers –Address all aspects of ECT

38 Where do we operate now? China: Working Group on Education in China Peru: ICACIT The Caribbean: new accrediting body for programs taught in English

39 China An accreditation workshop with CAST and the PRC Ministry of Education –Beijing, 22 March 2008 240 attendees –All fields of engineering Narrated by Michael Lightner and Moshe Kam

40 Post-workshop requests CAST requested that we help Chinese program evaluators observe ABET visits in 2008 –We coordinated the effort with ABET –Visits took place during Fall 2008 CAST has requested that we participate in an international accreditation conference in October 2009

41 Peru IEEE is providing on-going assistance to the Peruvian accrediting body ICACIT –ICACIT was formed in the early 2000s In 2006 we have provided the first non-US EAB training for program evaluators in Peru –Instructional material developed We provided a complete translation of ABET materials into Spanish –We are also maintaining a website for ICACIT

42 Activities in 2008 Accreditation manuals –Engineering, Technology, Computing Appointment of 20 Program Evaluators Staffing of the accreditation committees The first series of independent accreditation visits by ICACIT should take place in 2009

43 Accreditation Agency for Technology, Engineering and Computing in the Caribbean

44 Activities to Date Preliminary review of goals and desired outcomes –April 2007, UWI, Trinidad Meeting of representatives from the English-speaking Caribbean –September 2007, Trinidad Stakeholder meeting –April 2008, Puerto Rico Meeting with CACET officials –October 2008, Guyana

45 Current status CACET is waiting to become a recognized body with a budget from CARICOM In the meantime CACET is housed in Trinidad In 2008-2009 EAB will continue supporting meetings and, if needed, observers/visitors in CACET accreditation visits



48 Technical English Program

49 The overall goal is to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students, and others, who are non-native English speakers in IEEE technical fields of interest Pilot program conducted in November 2007 Two additional programs have been conducted in 2008 Approximately 125 attendees have participated english/index.xml 8-Feb-1449

50 IEEE Technical English Workshop St. Petersburg, Russia 20 December 2008 Part I: Data compression Part II: Secure data communications

51 Education about Standards About 450 schools have full access to IEEE standards through IEL About 10 schools make use of this feature… Standards are mentioned in the ABET program criteria but in general use of Standards in most curricula is sparse

52 IEEE Standards in Education l A cooperative effort of the SA and EAB l A portal with State-of-the Art material on Standards Education

53 Workshops on Standards Workshops on standards are demanded by the membership First workshop took place in Washington DC in November 2007 –Workshop covered elements of the IEEE 802 family of standards Additional workshops are being planned –One in 2009 –Two in 2010

54 IEEE Position Paper on Standards in the Curriculum Part of the work plan of the Standards Education Committee Will state the desired role of technical standards in the academic curriculum –Programs in engineering and computer science Will be used in model curriculum development and in discussions with accrediting bodies Is on our agenda later today

55 Summer School Program on Emerging Technologies Overall goal is to provide intensive one week programs focused on cross disciplinary and emerging technical areas for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral students and young faculty The first EAB Summer School Program on Emerging Technologies will be held from 24-30 May 2009 at the University of Toronto –Focus will be on biometrics 8-Feb-1455

56 Continuing Education

57 Objective: –To provide IEEE members and all persons involved in IEEEs fields of interest with accessible and affordable high quality continuing education products

58 Main Activities On-line tutorial library: IEEE Expert Now On-line course library: Educational Partners Program Development of certification programs Consolidation of on-line continuing education offering across IEEE

59 IEEE Expert Now Product Definition Hour-long learning modules developed by leading experts recognized in their fields Dynamic interface with audio, animation, engaging graphics, assessment, glossary, and references Optional CEUs for maintaining professional licensure Annual subscription to full library through LMS or IEEE Xplore –Corporations, Government Organizations, Academic Institutions IEEE Members can purchase single modules via IEEE Xplore 59

60 IEEE Expert Now: Update (1) # of modules currently available: 90 # of hours currently available: 120 Modules due for release in next eight weeks: 7 Other modules in production: 6 Modules in Editorial Development: 24 60

61 IEEE Expert Now: Update (2) Customers –Five (5) corporate –Eight (8) academic –One (1) government –First reimbursement to societies occurred in 2008 Members subscription started in 2007 –245 modules rented by members in 2008 An Editorial Board was established in 2007 –First Editor-in-Chief is Tamer Başar IEEE Board approved the first year of a two- year investment to modify the business model and ramp up course development: $600,000 8-Feb-1461

62 IEEE Expert Now 2009 Goals More Courses –Critical Mass bundled in key content areas –Add new authors/SMEs to create new content –Add new content partners to adapt/license existing content –Build new models for working with IEEE societies More Features –Create a Next-Gen Learning Management System –Create a Next-Gen Course Delivery Platform –Create a Next Gen Authoring Environment More Customers –Look at new package and pricing models –Convert current and potential customers into partners –Transform Expert Now into a destination Web site for continuing education for the IEEE community 62

63 IEEE Education Partners Program Program offers IEEE members a 10% discount on courses through partnerships with academia and industry The program is offered as a Member benefit Over 3500 courses are available The Continuing Professional Education Committee provides volunteer oversight

64 Number of Courses taken through EPP

65 Number of Members who have taken Courses through EPP

66 Professional Certification (1) What is it?– A voluntary process through which an individual documents their mastery of a body of knowledge Why is IEEE interested? –Position IEEE as a source for profesional certification in multiple areas –Extend the IEEE brand to nontraditional IEEE members and customers –Create new revenue streams –Support IEEEs strategic plan and envisioned future 8-Feb-1466

67 Professional Certification (2) IEEE EA Responsibilities –Centralize the development of new certification programs –Establish a common development model and business framework –Offer certification business advice regarding industry standards and best practices –Provide program management services –Determine if professional certification is a viable business for IEEE 8-Feb-1467

68 Professional Certification (3) Certification activities to date –Development of the IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional program –Market assessment for Chip Design and Systems Engineering –Market research for a Service Innovation program in conjunction with IBM –Created a program development model and business framework (EAB and TAB VPs) –Provide support as needed for existing certification programs (WCET, CSDA, CSDP) 8-Feb-1468

69 Consolidation of IEEE on-line courses

70 Consolidation of IEEE on-line Continuing Education In 2007: The BoD directed EAB to consolidate IEEE on-line course offerings In 2008: development of a one stop shop for all IEEE on-line course offerings – /index.html /index.html In 2009: work with other OUs to better position IEEEs continuing education offerings

71 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

72 WIE WIE reports directly to the IEEE Board of Directors WIE activities are operationally part of the Educational Activities Department 8-Feb-1472

73 WIE Mission: Inspire, engage, encourage, and empower IEEE women worldwide. Vision: A vibrant community of IEEE women and men innovating the world of tomorrow.

74 The IEEE Women in Engineering: RECOGNIZES women's outstanding achievements in electrical and electronics engineering through IEEE Awards nominations ORGANIZES receptions at major technical conferences to enhance networking and to promote membership in WIE ADVOCATES women in leadership roles in IEEE governance and career advancement for women in the profession. PROVIDES assistance with the formation of new WIE Affinity Groups and supports ongoing activities ADMINISTERS the IEEE Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program to mentor young women in junior high school and high school PROMOTES member grade advancement for women to the grades of Senior Member and Fellow FACILITATES the development of programs and activities that promote the entry into and retention of women in engineering programs IEEE Women in Engineering

75 WIE Programs and Projects WIE Magazine (June/December) WIE Monthly Newsletter Administer the WIE Clementina Scholarship and the IEEE WIE Edith Hannigan Scholarship Pre-University Outreach and Professional Outreach/Networking Opportunities Assisting with the formation of WIE Affinity Groups and support of ongoing WIE Affinity Group activities Administer the STAR (Student-Teacher and Research Engineer/Scientist) mentoring program that encourages young women in junior high and high schools to pursue careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

76 Women In Engineering in 2009 Magazine Sustainability Collaboration with major women organizations, e.g., Society of Women Engineers Outreach to pre-university students and teachers Exploring WIE membership options 8-Feb-1476

77 Questions or Comments

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