Opening & Keynote Session

Disruptions in Engineering Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday 8 December  |  09:30 – 10:30

Keynote Speaker: Dr Keith Willey, Associate Professor Integrated Engineering & Enginering Leadership Education
BE (Medal), PhD, Grad Cert Higher Ed, SMIEEE, PFHEA, ALTF

There has been a tendency to rely on technology to disrupt educational practice. While Smart tools and mixed-reality learning experiences provide opportunities to redefine learning, relying on technology to improve business as usual is a wasted opportunity. Education should be “life-changing” not life affirming. We need to enlarge our student’s aspirations, to see the world through different lenses and experience things from different perspectives, to prepare them for success in an ever-changing world. This requires the integration of theory with practice through providing students meaningful opportunities to do work for real purposes as part of their learning experience. Education should be a learning partnership. Academics need to join their students in taking learning risks, reflect on outcomes and respond to feedback, valuing mistakes as they compress learning. In this presentation I will explore how engineering education might change to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

This Session has now finished.