Free ticketed event
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of engineering education research on ethics and societal impacts (ESI) and an introduction to exemplary ESI teaching practices. The workshop will also be an opportunity to develop actionable strategies for integrating ESI into courses. An understanding of ethical responsibilities and the broader impacts of engineering and technology is a critical part of engineering education in an increasingly globalized and technological world. The importance of these topics is reflected in their inclusion in accreditation criteria and professional codes of ethics. However, many engineering educators feel uncomfortable or ill equipped to teach ESI topics. A lack of training and dearth of relevant and effective resources are often cited as reasons engineering educators do not integrate ESI into their courses. To help bridge this gap, the workshop will offer results from an ongoing NSF-supported ESI research project, including specific examples of ESI instruction.
The three-phase study began with a faculty survey designed to understand the national landscape of ESI teaching by collecting responses on the topics, pedagogies, settings, and assessment methods associated with ESI education in curricular and co-curricular environments. From the 1448 survey responses, follow-up interviews were conducted with 37 educators. The third phase of the study involved partnering with 11 of the interviewees for an in-depth study of their ESI instruction. The sub-set was selected due to novelty, likelihood of having high impact on student learning, strong assessment methods, and/or transferability. These ESI instructional practices were studied with student pre- and post-surveys, student focus groups, student assignment evaluations with an ESI rubric, alumni surveys, and faculty interviews. Site visits and classroom observations were conducted in a sub-set of eight of these specific cases. This phase of the study provided insights into the development and implementation of ESI instruction and analysis of its impact on student learning.
The workshop aims to provide tangible and actionable ways for participants to integrate ESI into their own courses. The interactive workshop will also enable participants to work with each other and the research team to develop learning objectives and generate ideas for teaching and assessing ESI in their own courses.
Madeline Polmear is a PhD candidate in the department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Angela Bielefeldt is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE). She has served as the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education in the CEAE Department, as well as the ABET assessment coordinator. Professor Bielefeldt was also the faculty director of the Sustainable By Design Residential Academic Program, a living-learning community where interdisciplinary students learn about and practice sustainability. Bielefeldt is also a licensed P.E. Professor Bielefeldt's research interests in engineering education include service-learning, sustainable engineering, social responsibility, ethics, and diversity.
Dr. Canney conducts research focused on engineering education, specifically the development of social responsibility in engineering students. Other areas of interest include ethics, service learning, and sustainability education. Dr. Canney received bachelors degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Seattle University, a masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University with an emphasis on structural engineering, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Canney taught in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Seattle University for four years and now works in private consulting.
Chris Swan is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Tufts University. He has additional appointments in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts. His current engineering education research interests focus on community engagement, service-based projects and examining whether an entrepreneurial mindset can be used to further engineering education innovations. He also does research on the development of reuse strategies for waste materials.