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IMCL 2006 April 19-21 in Amman, Jordan mobile technology in education focus
eit2006 East Lansing, Michigan USA May 7-10 2006 electro & information technology
EE 2006, Liverpool, England UK July 2006 focuses on
teaching engineering & policy in higher ed
ICALT 2006—July 4-7, 2006 Kerkrade, The Netherlands
—International Conference on Advanced Learning Technology
ITHET 2006, July 10-13, 2006 in
Australia - IT-based higher education & training
Villach, Austria, September 27-29, interactive computer aided
learning conference — abstract deadline
is May 19. read the CFP
FIE 2006 will be held in San Diego, California USA from October 28-31, 2006 engineering education focus
The Chapter Chairs from Germany, Austria, and Slovenia Meet
IEEE Educational Activities Board Deploys in a Major Initiative—Teacher In-Service Program
EdSoc's News&Thoughts RSS Feed
IEEE President Lightner and Region Officials
New Zealand: Podcasts Offer Students a Portable Learning Option
Montreal Chapter Chair Leads in Canada and in the Congo
New IEEE Fellow: William Osborne
An Interesting News Item: PODcasting in Education
Santa Clara Chapter
Is Distance Learning for You?
Globalizing: Some Suggestions to Improve the Standing of IEEE Outside the USA
Student Activity in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Search Initiated for Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Education
Transactions CFP: Virtual Laboratories
IEEE Code of Ethics is Revised: February 2006
RSS Feed for New Articles in IEEE Transactions on Education
A Powerful Web-based Presentation Tool
Education Society Award Nominations Open
| The Chapter Chairs from Germany, Austria, and Slovenia Meet
On February 8, 2006 at the Fraunhofer Institute of Digital Media Technology in Ilmenau, Germany, Fanny Klett hosted an interchapter
collaboration meeting among EdSoc chapters in Austria, Germany, and Slovenia.
Fanny Klett (right), Chair of IEEE-Germany Education Society Chapter, invited Michael Auer (center),
Chair of the recently formed Austrian Chapter, and Matjaz Debevc (left), Chair of the recently formed Slovenian
Chapter, to a meeting to discuss chapter management issues that they have in-common. The meeting
began with a general introduction, and the chapter chairs
discussed the primary efforts each chapter employed to increase services to their members, opportunities for effective
students exchange in the Framework of European Mobility programs,
establishment of student awards, and, possibilities to send out a call-for-participation to internationally recognized
Education-related conferences for students.
|This exchange of experiences among Chapters was highly productive and valuable, especially in
early phase of these Chapters’ operation. The three Chapters are planning a number of terrific programs as a result of
this meeting (e.g., student session at
ICL (www.icl-conference.org), exchange of information on
and activities to promote the widespread dissemination of technology advances). This meeting began what promises to be
| IEEE Educational Activities Board Deploys a Major Project—Teacher In-Service Program
The IEEE's Educational Activities Board (EAB) has been developing a
Teacher In-Service Program
(TISP) to provide effective
outreach to pre-university educators in IEEE Sections. Many IEEE Sections have participated in the program. They work with
local schools to provide valuable activities and support.
The IEEE-EAB has identified highly qualified leaders to guide the TISP program. The TISP group has converted several
activities into lesson plans so that teachers around the world can easily use the information with their students.
Lesson plans are available in English and Spanish and were demonstrated at the Boston Museum of Science at a gathering
of IEEE, EAB, Region and Section leaders from around the world. In attendance were: IEEE-USA President, Ralph Wyndam;
IEEE President, Arthur Winston; IEEE Vice President for Educational Activities, Moshe Kam to name a few.
||Photos from a March 2006 TISP workshop at the Boston Museum of Science;
from the Build a Robotic Arm workshop, left to right: Doug Gorham, Director, Educational Outreach IEEE
Educational Activities; Rob Reilly EAB sub committee member; Duncan Baker from South Africa, a member of
Larry Nelson, Sr. member of IEEE-USA's Pre-College Engineering Committee with his wife.
|The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) features IEEE Section volunteers developing and presenting technologically
oriented subject matter to local pre-university educators in an in-service or professional development setting.
TISP allows IEEE volunteers to share their technical expertise and to demonstrate the application of engineering
concepts to support the teaching and learning of science, mathematics and technology disciplines to local school children and
to their teachers.
The Florida West Coast Section of the IEEE piloted this program with its first in-service
presentation in 2001. The Program has grown to include sixteen Sections and now includes
available in English and Spanish for educators and engineers. These lesson plans are based on the activities
developed through in-service program presentations. To date, 31 presentations have been made by IEEE volunteers.
Approximately 620 pre-university educators have participated, representing over 63,000 students.
| EdSoc's News&Thoughts RSS Feed
The Education Society has developed an RSS feed, which is availble online. This feed is intended to provide
one-stop-viewing of aggregated high-quality news articles. This feed focuses on the nexus among engineering education, learning
pedagogy (i.e., for constructivism, for model-based knowledge domains), and emerging technologies that facilitate
education (i.e., education methods, engineering, Blogs, PODcasting, wikis, digital delivery of content).
RSS (really simple syndication) has become a very popular technology. It's popular, as it allows news and information
to be published (syndicated) in much
the same manner as a traditional newspaper receives its AP, UPI, and Reuters news feeds. And, it accomplishes this as only
an Internet-based mechanism can!
This RSS feed can be viewed as a Web page, or it can be viewed through use of an RSS Feed reader (feed catcher).
Click here to view the RSS feed as a Web page. If
what you see, you can subscribe to the feed from that Web page. Or you can simply access the Web page whenever
| IEEE President Lightner and Region Officials
During the Region 4 Executive Committee meeting in Chicago's O'Hare Airport Hotel this past January, several Education Society leaders and
officials took time to meet and chat. From left to right: IEEE President and CEO Michael Lightner, Education Society's Membership Director Hossein
Mousavinezhad who is the General Chair for the EIT Conference, Hamid Vakilzadian the IEEE EIT 2005 Conference Chair.
In the photo, the meeting organizers presented IEEE President Michael Lightner with an EIT Conference bag. They also
discussed a number of topics of mutual interest with the IEEE President.
| New Zealand: Podcasts Offer Students a Portable Learning Option
The University of Canterbury in New Zealand is offering computer science students an innovative and flexible learning option this year with the introduction of podcasts to one of its courses.
Students taking the COSC110 paper, "Working in a Digital World", will be able to download and listen to weekly podcasts, designed as an extension to the lectures.
Read more about this story,,,
| Montreal Chapter Chair Leads in Canada and in the Congo
Earlier this month, Professor Hamadou Saliah-Hassane (right-most photo) of Tele-Universite in Montreal, who is the Chapter Chair of IEEE-Montreal
Education Society chapter, conducted a well-attended seminar featuring two distinguished speakers
— Jeremiah Woolsey and Chunyan Tracy Zhang. This seminar drew a number of engineering educators from
the area. In the group photo:
(from left to right) Léandre Nneme, Herve Achigui, Ricardo Izquierdo, Christian Fayomi, Abdallah Kourri, Alassane Diop.
Jeremiah Woolsey (second photo from the left) is Manager of Instructional Technology with the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where he leads in the analysis, design, and development of engineering courseware. His research has focused on interactive engineering graphics and data visualization, most recently on a project with Bombardier Aerospace---analyzing the use of 3D digital mockups for task visualization in aircraft assembly and maintenance. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida.
Tracy Zhang (third photo from the left) holds a Master of Arts degree in Education Technology from Concordia University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Harbin Institute of Technology. She is currently an Instructional Designer with the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Her current job responsibilities are designing and developing multimedia courseware, instructional tools, and interactive virtual lab tutorials in the improvement of engineering education.
Her research is focused primarily on computer-based learning, multimedia development, collaborative and distance learning, educational evaluation, and new technologies for engineering and computer science education.
| New IEEE Fellow: William Osborne
||Education Society member, Professor William P. Osborne, Dean of the College of Engineering,
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale USA has been elected as a Fellow of the IEEE.
Professor Osborne received the BSEE from the University of Kentucky in 1966,
followed by the MSEE in 1967 also from UK. He moved to New Mexico State
University, working on a NASA Grant in Space Communications, while earning a
PhD in Engineering in 1970. In 1970 he joined the telecommunication industry
serving in a variety of roles over the next 20 years, including R&D
engineer, Engineering Director, Vice President of Engineering, Division
General Manager, and President of a telecommunications start-up company.
In 1990, he returned to the academic world as a Chaired Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University and
Director of the Center for Telemetry and Space Communication receiving over
$5M in research funding in the next 5 years. In 1995, Dr Osborne assumed the
role of Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of
Texas-Dallas which became the fastest growing Engineering School in the
country in the late 1990's. From 2002 to 2005 he served as the founding Dean
of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and moved to
Carbondale as Dean of Engineering at SIUC in the fall of 2005.
His technical interests include modulation and coding theory, wireless
communication, space communication as well as the telecommunication and
semiconductor industries in general. He is a registered professional
engineer in Texas and Missouri and sits of the board of SigmaTel, a public
semiconductor company in Austin, Texas. He is a native of Paducah, Kentucky.
| An Interesting News Item: PODcasting in Education
Schools and universities are increasingly using MP3 and video broadcasts for lectures and lessons!
Podcasting finds a place in education
The Santa Clara chapter held a technical presentation on Wednesday, February 22, that addressed
Educational Challenges in the Age of Nano-Scale
Technologies. Dr. Ali Iranmanesh made this presentation and, according to Chapter Chair, Professor Lili He,
"it was really
an excellent presentation and spoke to the heart of some rather
In the photo from left to right: Ali Iranmanesh, Kevin Lashkari, Lilli He the Founding Chapter Chair, and David
| Is Distance Learning for You?
||This is an interesting article, as it addresses the concerns that a person who might use distance learning
would have. This article provides some insight into the mindset of a distance learner: their situation, their desires, their
overall view of what would would cause them to enroll in a distance learning class or make a long-term
commitment to a program that is exclusively (or primarily) offered this way.
Read the complete story...
| EdSoc Chapters Committee Member/IEEE-Colombia Chapter Vice Chair Receives RAB Award
||Education Society Chapters Committee member, Chair of the EdSoc's Senior Member
Elevation Committee, and Vice Chair of the IEEE-Colombia EdSoc Chapter, Carlos Rueda Artunduaga (right), received the IEEE Regional
Activities Board (RAB) 2005 Achievement Award for:
For outstanding leadership, contributions and valued service to the IEEE through coordinating Student and Young Professional Activities.
Congratulating Carlos is long-time Education Society member and IEEE President-elect Leah Jamieson (left). Carlos is a very active
IEEE Senior Member; in the IEEE-Colombia Section, he is the Membership Chair, the Chair of the Engineering Management Society Chapter.
| Globalizing: Some Suggestions to Improve the Standing of IEEE Outside the USA
In support of sustainable development, IEEE should respond to the changing world environment and the growing needs of members and customers. It can target potential economies of the future and new segments of society. It should adjust the Institute’s offerings with innovative solutions and that are designed to meet the changing needs of members globally.
|This text was excerpted from the September 2005 Newsletter
of IEEE Region 10. The title of the article is: Some Suggestions to improve the
standing of IEEE outside the US.
- IEEE should expand its presence through increased alliances with local organizations and further development and positioning of its products and services. Intensive use of the Internet and other appropriate media technology is a key element of the success. IEEE can facilitate world-wide access to its products and services by enhancing web-based distribution systems.
- IEEE should develop a coherent strategy to improve membership growth in new countries, empowering a dedicated business development program for new markets. Region 10 is a new market for IEEE since it is growing faster in membership and economy than those of any other region.
- IEEE is surrounded by global trends such that membership growth potential in Brazil, Russia, India and China is appealing. Increasing affluence in emerging economies, faster pace of technological change and innovation, growing low-cost manufacturing in emerging economies and need for technical knowledge and training, aging population in developed world, economic liberalization, and greater capital and labor mobility.
Dr. Jung Uck Seo, FIEEE
Chair of Transnational Committee and Past Director of Region 10
To view the
IEEE Region 10 Newsletter from September 2005, in which this article appears.
| Student Activity in Sao Paulo, Brazil
EdSoc Student Committee Chair, Marcelo Castro recently conducted a presentation at
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (UNESP), which is one of the most outstanding universities in
Brazil. Marcelo Castro, together with the members of the student's branch, conducted a
one-hour presentation about the IEEE. The topics included: how to join IEEE, benefits of membership
in the Education Society. The interest demonstrated by the students was fantastic! They are now working
to create a new branch of the Education Society.
In the photo Kleber Ferraz (electrical engineer
student - director of the student branch), middle: Marcelo Castro, right: Natalia
Reolon (IEEE Student Branch President).
| Search Initiated for Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Education
||by David Conner, Ph.D., P.E.
IEEE Transactions on Education
I began my service as the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of IEEE
Transactions on Education on January 1, 2000. In
looking toward the future of the publication as well as my
retirement plans, I have determined that I will step down as
Transactions’ EIC effective July 1, 2007. Therefore, I have
asked that the leadership of the IEEE Education Society to begin
looking for a successor so that the selected person can work
in parallel with me for a period of time before assuming full
responsibility for the publication on July 1, 2007.
|If you would like to be apply to apply to become Transactions EIC, here are
some of the issues surrounding the position:
If you are interested in being considered for the position of
Transactions EIC, now is the time to make your interest known
by providing a detailed resume to: Daniel Litynski (IEEE
Education Society President) at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to,
Joseph Hughes (IEEE Education Society Vice President) at
- The EIC should have broad experience in the breadth
of topics found in the fields of electrical engineering
and computer engineering and should have experience
in developing engineering education programs.
- The EIC should have an outstanding command of the
English language; have a knowledge of the various,
complex rules of grammar and punctuation; and be
able to know how to correct writing errors in complicated,
- The successful candidate should be willing to make, at
minimum, a three-year commitment with the opportunity
for continuation for additional years if agreeable
to the Society President. (My service as EIC will cover
six and one-half years.)
- Since the EIC is responsible for selecting all Associate
Editors (AEs) that serve on the Transactions’ editorial
staff, the new EIC will have the opportunity/responsibility
to decide how to subdivide the discipline
for manuscript review consideration and recruit appropriate
- The EIC is responsible for selecting (hiring) an Editorial
Administrator (EA), who will be responsible
for overseeing manuscript files and handling the “English
review” of all accepted manuscripts. [Note: The
EA must have archival-journal editorial experience and
have a competency in English grammar, punctuation,
spelling, and word usage.]
- The EIC will have the responsibility of negotiating annually
with the IEEE Education Society Treasurer for
an IEEE Purchase Order Contract to support EIC office
activities (i.e., remuneration for the EA, funding
for office supplies and expenses, and a travel-expense
stipend). This “contract” can be directed toward a uni-
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versity or to an independent business—depending on
how the EIC office is organized.
- Since the EIC will be a member of the Education
Society Administrative Committee, the EIC will be responsible
for attending its two yearly meetings—one in
conjunction with the American Society for Engineering
Education (ASEE) Annual Meeting in June and one
in conjunction with the Frontiers in Education Conference
in the October/November time frame of each
year. [Travel expenses for attending these meetings will
come from the IEEE Purchase Order Contract.]
- The EIC serves as Chair of the Annual Transactions’
Best Paper Committee and oversees the selection of the
best paper from the previous year’s published papers.
- The EIC is expected to attend each IEEE Panel of Editors
Meeting. These meetings are held at least once
every two years and often on an annual basis. These
meetings are normally in the March/April time frame.
[Travel expenses to this meeting are covered from the
IEEE publications budget.]
- The EIC is responsible for interfacing with the IEEE
Staff Editor assigned to prepare each issue of the
Transactions for publication. The current Staff Editor
is Christine Vartanian.
- The EIC also serves on an advisory committee to the
U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) relative
to its publication of engineering education research
papers. (Papers from the IEEE Transactions on Education are selected for inclusion in an electronic
journal of NAE. The journal reprints Abstracts of selected
Transactions’ papers and provides readers with
the URL for purchasing a copy of the full paper electronically
from IEEE.) The advisory committee meets
once each year in conjunction with the ASEE Annual
Meeting in June. Travel expenses are paid by NAE.
- Finally, the IEEE Transactions on Education utilizes
IEEE’s Manuscript Central software to manage
manuscripts. This system, which is authored by ScholarOne,
is continually being improved and will be the
editorial environment utilized during the term of the
| Transactions CFP: Virtual Laboratories
Virtual laboratories, whether accessed locally or remotely, have the potential to solve this problem. Virtual laboratories provide learning experiences similar to their in-class analogues, can facilitate deep learning in model-based knowledge domains, and can enable learning without most of the overhead inherent in traditional lab experiments. However, virtual labs are not actually real-world experiments in a physical laboratory but are simulations – mathematical models implemented on a computer. Questions often arise with regard to the overall quality of a virtual laboratory experience because of student and faculty perceptions of a virtual experiment, the reality of a virtual experiment not actually being a real experiment, and the perceived difficulty and pace of the virtual simulation compared to its real-world counterpart. The purpose of the Special Issue will be to addresses these concerns.
||The IEEE Transactions on Education, the peer-reviewed journal of the IEEE Education
Society, has announced a Special Issue addressing Virtual Laboratories. The deadline for submission is 2 June 2006.
High quality laboratory experiences enhance the learning of model-based knowledge domain concepts and theories and provide the bridge from concept to practical understanding. However, access to real-world laboratories is limited because of the number of students who need access and the cost of equipment, supplies, and maintenance.
Authors wishing to contribute to this Special Issue should refer to the Transactions’ Web site at:
www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/es/ToE-manuscript.html for information relative to the scope of Transactions and manuscript preparation.
For complete details, go to Virtual Laboratories Call For Papers.
| IEEE Code of Ethics is Revised: February 2006
| RSS Feed for New Articles in IEEE
Transactions on Education
||If you would like to receive abstracts of articles that will be included in upcoming issues
of the IEEE Transactions on Education, you can now do that via an RSS feed. This RSS feed is available at:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/EducationIeeeTransactionsOn-NewToc. If you would prefer not to create an RSS feed, you
can point your Web browser to the URL just cited and read the abstracts whenever you desire to do that.
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| Education Society Award Nominations Open
||At its November 2005 meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana USA the EdSoc's Administrative Committee voted to align the deadlines
for all Society awards. Previously the Society's awards had 1 of 2 deadlines-June 15 or August 15. Having two deadlines has
proven to be an issue (i.e., FIE conferences are now earlier in the Fall, which is problematic when having to review,
approve and then notify the award winners and order the award plaques in a timely manner).
|A special thank you to Martin Llamas-Nistal (Spain) and Burks Oakley II (USA) who serve as our Review Board.
||This publication is a service of the IEEE Education Society. If you would like a news item or photo placed in News & Notes, send it to:
Rob Reilly, Editor (email@example.com).
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