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Excellence in Engineering Education through e-Learning and ICT Tools (EXTEND)

Scope

The First  International Workshop on Excellence in Engineering Education through e-Learning and ICT Tools (EXTEND 2019) represents an opportunity to present theoretical and practical studies related to modern e-learning environments and ICT tools used in engineering classes, to underline curriculum development challenges in engineering programs and to propose capacity building activities for engineering education. The workshop will be organized in the framework of the international educational project EXTEND 586060-EPP-1-2017-1-RO-EPPKA 2-CBHE-JP – “Excellence in Engineering Education through Teacher Training and New Pedagogic Approaches in Russia and Tajikistan”, coordinated by University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest: https://extend.bmstu.net/.

Topics of interest

The workshop's topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Tools and applications for engineering education
  • Experiments and case studies related to the use of various tools and application in engineering classes
  • ICT-based paradigms of teaching and learning for various engineering disciplines
  • Surveys on e-learning or e-learning perceptions for various categories of users – teachers, students, PhD students in engineering
  • Methodologies of assessing quality in engineering education, focusing on the role of ICT tools
  • Centres of excellence in engineering education, focusing on the role of ICT tools
  • Best-practices in engineering education, focusing on the role of technologies and e-learning
  • Challenges for engineering disciplines’ teachers in delivering attractive and useful classes
  • Capacity building in engineering education
  • Curriculum development challenges and tools to engineering domains
  • Alignment between engineering curriculum and Industry 4.0
  • Models and descriptors of the competences of the university teacher of engineering disciplines
  • Internationalisation and mobility in engineering disciplines

Motivation

The Bologna process brought necessary reforms to improve engineering education all over the world. But despite obvious increase in attractiveness for young people, engineering education is still facing many challenges. Drop-out rate among students majoring in engineering is almost 25%, employment rates for bachelor graduates decreases due to unwillingness of industry to employ engineers with 4 years of education, teaching staff is ageing, and universities fail to create an effective system to retain young PhD graduates in engineering disciplines to perform teaching and research. The current workshop aims at proposing activities, models, methodologies based on ICT to increase attractiveness and provide excellence of engineering university programs. 
 

Impact and expected outcomes

This event is expected to build an international forum for discussing and exchanging best practices and ideas related to engineering education, with the purpose of improving how it is currently provided and to bring it closer to industry needs.

Organizers

The workshop is organised by University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (RO), RIGA Technical University (LV), Warwick University (UK) , University of MINHO (PT),  OGAREV MORDOVIA State University (RU), MAGNITOGORSK State Technical University (RU), Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (RU) , Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Khujand State University named after academician B.GAFUROV (TJ), Kulob State University named after ABUABDULLOH RUDAKI (TJ), Tajik National University (TJ), Technological University of Tajikistan (TJ).

For any further questions, please contact us at:

Maria-Iuliana Dascalu - University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - maria.dascalu@upb.ro
Elisabeth Lazarou - University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - elisabeth.lazarou@upb.ro
Laura Trifan - University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - laura.trifan@upb.ro

Supporting Organizations
 European Security and Defence College
National Defence University - Carol I
National Defence University "Carol I"
The University of Bucharest
The University of Bucharest
Romania ADL Partnership Center
Romania ADL Partnership Center
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest
Executive Unit for Financing Education Higher Research Development and Innovation
Executive Unit for Financing Education Higher Research Development and Innovation
"Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy
"Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Iasi
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