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iFoundry : Organizational Change for Transformation of Engineering Education David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innova...
Motivation & Roadmap <ul><li>Good thinking & doing in engineering education. </li></ul><ul><li>Need engineers as category ...
An Academic NIMBY Problem <ul><li>NIMBY = Not in my backyard. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is OK to change the curriculum…” </li...
Can We Promote Respectful Change? <ul><li>Have two problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need locus for change. </li></ul></ul><...
Six Elements of iFoundry <ul><li>Collaborative, interdepartmental pilot unit.   Permit change. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer...
Bottom Line <ul><li>From cold war engineers to category creators.  </li></ul><ul><li>Institution thwarts change. </li></ul...
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Despite much good writing and doing, the education of engineers is stuck in a cold war time warp. This presentation likens the problem of educational change to an academic NIMBY (not in my backyard) problem. An organizational innovation, called iFoundry, the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education, is described.

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iFoundry: Organizational Change for the Transformation of Engineering Education

  1. 1. iFoundry : Organizational Change for Transformation of Engineering Education David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 USA [email_address]
  2. 2. Motivation & Roadmap <ul><li>Good thinking & doing in engineering education. </li></ul><ul><li>Need engineers as category creators </li></ul><ul><li>Why can’t we change more broadly & quickly? </li></ul><ul><li>Roadmap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The institutional problem of change: An academic NIMBY problem. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting respectful change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iFoundry: Six elements for change. </li></ul></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  3. 3. An Academic NIMBY Problem <ul><li>NIMBY = Not in my backyard. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is OK to change the curriculum…” </li></ul><ul><li>“… .as long as you leave my course alone.” </li></ul><ul><li>Politics of logrolling: You support my not changing. I support your not changing. </li></ul><ul><li>Even though agreement for change is widespread, specific changes are resisted. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  4. 4. Can We Promote Respectful Change? <ul><li>Have two problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need locus for change. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need respect for academic governance. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three elements of solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggests pilot unit, where change is mission. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need federalist governance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ultimate curriculum decision stays home. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Illinois established iFoundry: Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  5. 5. Six Elements of iFoundry <ul><li>Collaborative, interdepartmental pilot unit. Permit change. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers. Enthusiasm for change among faculty & student participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing authority. Use signatory authority for modification of curricula for immediate pilot. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect faculty governance. Permanent changes go through usual channels. </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability. 300 @ teaching U vs. 5300 at research U. </li></ul><ul><li>Open-source curriculum change. Do it in the open. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008
  6. 6. Bottom Line <ul><li>From cold war engineers to category creators. </li></ul><ul><li>Institution thwarts change. </li></ul><ul><li>iFoundry: A new pilot programs across departmental boundaries to promote change. </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational innovation is crucial to educational innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Also need to consider nature of engineering and content of engineering education. </li></ul>© David E. Goldberg 2008 http://www.illigal.uiuc.edu/web/ifoundry
  7. 7. iFoundry : Organizational Change for Transformation of Engineering Education David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 USA [email_address]

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