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EdSoc Leaders Contribute to First Saudi Engineering Forum
St Louis EdSoc Chapter in Action
Seattle EdSoc Chapter Begins Operation
Ukraine Workshop Attracts Students
Siberia EdSoc Chapter is Very Active!
International Computer Symposium in Spain
German Education Society Chapter Aims for Collaborations
IEEE Education Partners Program - Online Degrees for Members
Let's Talk About EdSoc Chapters
A New Publication: International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
Spanish EdSoc Newsletter Available
EdSoc Award Nominations Due Soon—Deadline June 15
Call for Nominations: Premier Award
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Administrative Committee Meets at ASEE Conference n Chicago
| EdSoc Leaders Contribute to First Saudi Engineering Forum
||"...This Forum was a tremendous success... we are
already looking forward to the Second Forum!"
Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan, Rector, King Faud University
(in the photos: left photo, Professor John Prados, former President of ABET and Professor at the University of Tennessee;
middle photo, left to right, Dr. Ibrahim El-Amin, Chairman, Scientific Committee, Dr. Bakr
A. Hassan, Chairman, IEEE-Saudi Arabia Education Society Chapter, Dr. Samir Al-Bayyat, Chairman,
Organizing Committee; right photo, Professor Abang Abdullah Abang Ali, Director, Housing Research Centre,
University of Putra, Malaysia.
The First Saudi Engineering Forum was held from
May 24 and 25 at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The
Forum was a Kingdom-wide top-drawer event. Many notable experts spoke to an audience of over 700 professors, deans, university administrators, and
leaders in Saudi industry. The focus of the
Forum was the future needs and directions for engineering in the year 2020.
To face the future challenge of new technological and social development in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the universities recognize the need for closer interaction
with local industries and the community in order to strengthen further their positions
as the leading institution for quality education and research in engineering. To this
effect, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) advocates the idea of
organizing an Engineering Forum to address the important issues related to:
The goal of the forum is to bring together the industrialist, academicians and professionals in one place to share and exchange viewpoints that would crystallize into collective agreements on some specific recommendations, which can be adopted and implemented.
- An engaging and participatory involvement of local industries in shaping engineering education.
- Direction of a Research and Development program at the universities to serve the needs of industries and the community.
- A stronger interaction between universities and local professional societies for the betterment of the engineering profession.
The first forum will be organized by KFUPM as a two-day event. Thereafter the forum will be organized every two years to form on a chosen theme.
||The objectives of the conference were:
This was a very interesting conference as the format was designed around a number of
presentations on the theme issue by
invited keynote speakers from inside and outside
the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and other selected speakers who have knowledge of and experience with the
issues pertaining to objectives. The presentations and discussion at the forum will lead
to some specific recommendations that can be implemented to achieve results.
- To achieve a smoother flow of relevant information among the universities, industries, and professional societies.
- To develop structured training policies and programs that benefit students, academicians and professional engineers.
- To strengthen the role of professional societies in enhancing practice and standards, and their services to the community.
| St Louis EdSoc Chapter in Action
|"...This ½ day workshop was our second meeting of the year... it was very productive." Fran Harckiewicz, St Louis EdSoc Chapter Chair
|A group of St Louis IEEE leaders met on May 5th to share ideas on capstone
senior design courses. From all reports, this seminar was very successful and the participants are looking forward
to their next meeting. Attending the meeting were: Top Row: Bijan Pashaie, Hiro Mukai, Gary
Brandenburger, Heinz Schaettler,
Bob Morley, Heidi Anderson, Steve Watkins, and Kay Purcell
Bottom Row: Lindsay Mendro, Ken Surendran, Fran Harckiewicz, Nkirvka
Chuba-Obah, Bill Eccles, Chris Peura, and Derek Meier. Most of these attendees are IEEE members.
| Seattle EdSoc Chapter Begins Operation
|"...we have some terrific chapter leaders here... I foresee us doing
many great things!" Lawrence Lam, Seattle EdSoc Chapter Chair
|The IEEE-Seattle Chapter met for the first time and elected:
Lawrence Lam as Chair, Franklin Hsu as the Vice chair, Oswald Chow as Treasurer, and
Cecil Cheung as Secretary.
The Chapter's members crafted a robust set of goals which include:
- rotate the venue to make it more convenient for members to come to at least one general meeting,
- stimulate interests in engineering, perhaps we can make presentations at local high school; promoting continue education for local education professionals may be another goal
- hold workshops on educational methods
- invite speakers to speak on pedagogical issues surrounding classrooms today
- address the methodologies used in the higher education
- hold panel discussions on our technology curriculum; and that we may work on the gender divide issue in technology programs
- create a website that has links or weblogs for teaching hints
- hold a conference
- professional development activities to account for differences in industrial members and academic members,
different needs. A workshop or a brainstorming session for technology ideas may be appropriate. For the academics, tips on writing grant proposals may be useful.
- for teaching professionals, organizing a new educator workshop to act as a support group for exchanging teaching tips or best practices. The workshop may be enhanced by a web based forum.
- for students, we have discussed about setting up a local database for technology/engineering programs available in the NW region, and provide access to local high schools and community colleges. Perhaps, IEEE can sponsor a regional technology day to entertain local students.
- a joint function with the women engineering society,
- more discussions with other EdSo members in future meetings
| EdSoc Leader Conducts Clinic In Tunisia
||"...this was a terrific workshop... we all benefited from it... we are looking forward to more such events..."
Mohamed Mhamdi, Director of Beja Institute of Technology, Tunisia
|(in the left photo; group picture of some of the participants, Professor
Hamadou Saliah-Hassane is in the center with the light blue short-sleeved shirt); photo on right, participants work on
some technical aspects of networking.)
Professor Saliah-Hassane, the EdSoc Chapter Chair in the IEEE-Montreal
Section, recently conducted several workshops in Beja, Tunisia. The purpose of these workshops was to train the
trainers in the area of Online Education Research. The participants (as shown in the photos) are educators from
the Instituts Superieurs de Technologie (Tunisia Institute of Technology Network). This workshop was organized and directed by
Mr. Mohamed Mhamdi, Director of Beja Institute of Technology.
| Ukraine Workshop Attracts Students
|"...we look forward to a very productive collaboration between our two institutions."
Professor Andreas Pester
|FH Kärnten lecturer Manfred Ley from the Electronics & Equipment
Engineering Department, Villach, Austria
spent a week in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to conduct a workshop on “Digital Systems Design with FPGAs” at
one of the largest and most renowned technical universities of Ukraine—the Kyiv Polytechnic
This relationship and the workshop were a result of contact between EdSoc leader, Professor Andreas
Pester from FH Karnten in Villach, Austria and Professor Yevgeniya Sulema
of the Special-Purpose Computer Systems Department of National Technical
University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. This relationship has also spawned an official
cooperation contract between FH Karnten and the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI).
During the workshop a group of highly motivated students, both undergraduate and
postgraduate, received an introduction into state of the art microelectronics technology and
had the opportunity to conduct practical work in Field Programmable Gate Array
(FPGA) design. The theoretical knowledge of students is excellent, but chances
for doing practical work at the university are very rare due to financial limitations.
The workshop, which was conducted in English language, will hopefully also help to
motivate students to joining an international master program at FH Kärnten.
In the left photo: Manfred Ley (left) and Professor Yevgeniya Sulema (right); the right photo,
some of the participants in the workshop.
| Siberia EdSoc Chapter is Very Active!
||"...lots of student activity in here Siberia... we have terrific students... we have exceptional faculty with exceptional ideas... we look to do world shaking things!"
Boris Krouk, Chair,
Siberia EdSoc Chapter
|Professor Boris Krouk (left photo, person on right) Chair of
IEEE-Siberia Education Society
Chapter and Mr. Sitnikov, Rector of the Siberian State University of Telecommunications and Informatics
(SibSUTIS) (left photo, person on left), discuss the engineering program,
and the direction of the IEEE EdSoc chapter. In the right-hand photo, IEEE members meet with the foreign colleagues
to discuss integrated study tours of SibSUTIS students to partner universities. The SibSUTIS Double Diploma Program
students are shown in
the right-hand photo relaxing during
a study period.
| International Computer Symposium in Spain
The Simposio Internacional Informatica Educativa (SIIE) will be an international forum to debate research and experiences on the application of Information and Communication Technologies in the field of Education, not only in the Ibero-American space -as usual in former editions- but also in the international scenario. Hence, a special session will be reserved for presentations in English.
This is the 8th edition of the International Symposium on Computers in Education that is held alternately in Spain and Portugal. This event already has a recognized trajectory and a well earned prestige. It is a reference forum and a meeting point for research groups, groups of development, users and Institutions.
| German Education Society Chapter Aims for Collaborations
German Education Society Chapter
aims at establishing a fruitful cooperation with closely related Chapters and bodies. It also works towards creating the basis for an active participation in national and international projects that reflect the entire engineering educational area. In following this line, Fanny Klett, Chair of IEEE-Germany Education Society Chapter, was glad to accept the invitation for the Chapter to participate and actively contribute to the project EIE-Surveyor: Reference Point for Electrical and Information Engineering in Europe (Project Nr. 225997-CP-1-2005-1-FR-ERASMUS-TNPP). In this project funded by the European Union (SOCRATES Thematic Network), 109 European partners, along with companies, and the
European Associations for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering (EAEEIE) are joining efforts to apply a TUNING methodology to Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) in Europe, identify the required competences, create an observatory on the European EIE degrees, monitor the level of implementation of the Bologna-process in EIE, and propose a methodology for accreditation, in order to enhance comparability and common certification procedures.
On February 25, 2006 in the facilities of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales y de Telecomunicación (Universidad de Cantabria), Santander, the first general project meeting was held. The IEEE-Germany Education Society Chapter will be involved in tasks related to quality assurance, and external monitoring. The discussions pointed to a productive collaboration for the future. Also the target users and stakeholders such as professional engineering associations, life long learning institutions, students, teachers and learners, and accreditation boards do promise a large ground for prospective cooperation and terrific actions.
| Education Partners Program—Online Degree Offerings
IEEE Education Partners Program, exclusively for IEEE members, offers on-line degree programs, certifications and courses at a 10% discount to members. The Partners are a carefully selected number of universities and corporations reviewed and approved by highly qualified IEEE volunteers to ensure members receive the most effective learning resources.
Educational Activities currently is partnering with the following universities and corporations.
(Please note you must be an IEEE member to receive the discount on courses offered by the Partners.)
| Let's Talk About EdSoc Chapters
||by Rob Reilly
Chair, EdSoc Chapters Committee
Is there an Education Society chapter in your IEEE Section? There are 56 chapters that encompass some 88 Section. To view a
complete listing of all chapters go to:
ewh.ieee.org/soc/es/chapter-list.html. Chapters are the life-blood of any IEEE society, they can be the life-blood of a group of engineers in any part of the world, they can be
the life-blood for any IEEE Education Society member who has a desire to meet other colleagues, to improve their content-area expertise, to become a world renowned expert in their field!
All these things are possible through an Education Society chapter. A desire, or an inherent ability, to be (become) a leader is all that's needed.
You can start today. See if there is a chapter in your area, if there is contact the chapter chair and attend a meeting. If there is no chapter in your IEEE Section, then contact me (Rob Reilly, firstname.lastname@example.org) and
I will assist you to start a chapter.
|So, let's talk about IEEE chapters.
The IEEE defines a chapter as a:
technical subunit of one or more IEEE sections. Society chapters are your local link to the valuable resources available from the IEEE and its 39 technical societies. Chapter activities may include guest speakers, workshops, and seminars as well as social functions. Chapters provide society members with valuable opportunities to network at a local level - enabling both personal and professional growth.
In practical terms, this means that the prime purpose of a chapter is to conduct events (i.e., technical meetings
of short duration, community outreach programs, day-long workshops) at the IEEE Section-level that are within the Society's
Field of Interest, which is:
educational methods, educational
technology, instructional materials, history of science and technology, and educational and professional
development programs within Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and allied disciplines.
Typically chapter meetings are of a technical nature; but, many chapters also host additional events such as workshops
and educational seminars that also tend to be technical in-nature.
However the IEEE's view of a 'chapter' as primarily focusing on technical meetings/programs is somewhat narrow.
Today the membership is a much more diverse group with much more diverse needs. The function of a chapter
must adjust to the changing face of the IEEE.
It is very reasonable for a chapter to facilitate/formalize, support, or enhance collegial relationships among its members, and the
Still again, a chapter may exist to formalize existing (or begin) educational activities and community outreach
in Science, Engineering & Technology related fields.
Many chapters do exist for one or all of these very sound reasons. However chapters also exist
for other reasons that are equally as important as those noted above!
Chapters develop leaders, which are necessary to maintain the vitality needed in a volunteer organization. These leaders
are the people who provide direction and guidance for the Education Society, for their IEEE
Section, and for the IEEE itself. In many instances, chapter leaders represent their peers to campus, state and federal government bodies (e.g.,
campus board of education, board of higher education, the European Union's Education Commission, the national
For further information the IEEE Chapter Support Web site will be invaluable. This may be the best resource you have available.
| A New Publication: International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
Under the leadership of Michael Auer, who is a
professor at the Carinthia Technical Institute in Villach Austria, a new and quite interesting journal has been born.
The International Journal of Emerging Technologies (iJET) aims to focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of technology enhanced learning.
| Boletín Electrónico nº 7 – enero/marzo de 2006
Boletín Electrónico nº 7. Con este séptimo boletín del capítulo cerramos la primera etapa de nuestro capítulo, con la convocatoria de elecciones en la próxima reunión del día 27 de abril de 2006, en la reunión del capítulo en el Salón de Actos de la Facultad de Informática del Campus de Montegancedo en Boadilla del Monte a las 18:30. En este último número del Boletín Electrónico (eBol-CESEI) de la primera etapa del Capítulo Español de la Sociedad de Educación del IEEE se incluyen aquellas noticias más interesantes dentro de las áreas de nuestra Sociedad de Educación.
El índice de este sexto número del boletín es el siguiente:
Noticias del capítulo, Actividades y Comités, Actividades IEEE, Actividades en Educación, Otros grupos de
Educación en Ingeniería, Eventos principales, Otros eventos, Empresas y Proyectos, Otras noticias.
|In photo: Manuel Castro, Chair, Spain EdSoc Chapter;
Member EdSoc's Administrative Committee; Professor and Vice Rector, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a
Distancia, Madrid, Spain.
| EdSoc Award Nominations Due Soon—Deadline June 15
||"...nominate a deserving individual... it's not too
Hughes, EdSoc VP and Awards Committee Chair
|The awards include:
the Achievement Award for contributions to the EdSoc's field of interest; the Chapter Achievement Award for
outstanding activity by a chapter; the Distinguished Chapter Leadership recognizes a chapter official for his/her
contributions; the Distinguished Member Award, which recognizes wide-ranging contributions to the Society over
an extended period of time; the Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service is given to a person for their
contributions to the various functions of the Society; the Hewlett-Packard/Harriet B. Rigas recognizes
outstanding faculty women who have made significant contributions to electrical/computer engineering education;
Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching recognizes members of the IEEE Education Society who
have made outstanding contributions to teaching unusually early in their professional careers.
For details about the various Education Society awards, go to
the EdSoc Awards Web Page.
| Call for Submissions: Premier Award
Why create the PREMIER AWARD?
Multimedia courseware designed for engineering education is being developed by many academicians who deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions to enhancing engineering education. Too often these developers find little reward, either financially or institutionally, for their superb and time-demanding efforts. In addition, the use of multimedia technology in the classroom is expanding rapidly, yet many faculty integrating courseware into their classes are unsure of indications of quality.
The SYNTHESIS Coalition and NEEDS, along with our founding sponsor John Wiley & Sons, Inc., developed the PREMIER AWARD to promote successful courseware, as well as provide models of excellence for educators planning to incorporate or develop courseware in the future.
||The PREMIER AWARD for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware has been introduced to recognize high-quality,
non-commercial courseware designed to enhance engineering education.
For more information about the award see:
Premier Award Web site
| A Powerful Web-based Presentation Tool
Impatica for PowerPoint makes it easy to add narrated business presentations to your web site or e-mail marketing
programs. Now you can deliver fully narrated and animated PowerPoint presentations to essentially any Internet device
without plug-ins and even at normal modem speeds. It is the software of choice for the
EdSoc's Distingushed Lecture Series
|Impatica for PowerPoint simply converts the PowerPoint file into
a compressed format that is optimized for streaming over the Internet. The Impatica file is typically 95%
smaller than the PowerPoint HTML files. Impatica for PowerPoint supports most of the features of
PowerPoint, including text, graphics, transitions, animation effects and, of course, narration.
For more information, pricing, to view demos of the software, and to download fully functional trial software, go to: Impactica's Web site.
| Thinking about Submitting an Article for Publication?
||The Transactions on Education (ToE) is the Education Society's
professional journal, which all members receive. It is published quarterly. Editor-in-Chief
David Conner and his staff do an outstanding job of selecting relevant articles and preparing
them for publication.
Before submitting an article to the IEEE Transactions on Education, or any other publication, you should read
Getting Published in the IEEE Transactions on Education by Ted Batchman, who was the Editor-in-Chief from 1998-2002.
If you are considering submitting an article click
here to review the Transactions Manuscript Policy.
The Learning Technology Newsletter invites short articles, case studies, and project
reports for special issue on "Innovation in Distance Learning
Technologies in Developing Countries." The special issue will be
published in Volume 8, Issue 3 (July, 2006).
| Call for Papers: IEEE Teaching & Learning Task Force
The newsletter is of non-refereed nature though the articles will be
selected and edited by the Guest Editor.
The Guest Editor is
Ali Fawaz Shareef, Maldives College of Higher Education, Republic of Maldives
The Special Issue Theme is:
"Innovation in Distance Learning Technologies in Developing Countries"
Distance Education is being widely used in many parts of the world.
More importantly several technologies are used in distance education
programs to enhance learning. Many parts of the developing countries
use distance education as a means of access where other forms of
delivery is non existent. These programs use a varying range of the
use of distance learning technologies to reach their audience. These
countries face numerous challenges in using technologies due to their
socioeconomic conditions. This issue of the newsletter attempts to
look at the innovations in distance learning technologies in the
developing world. How these countries have capitalised on different
distance learning technologies to benefit their unique environments.
Your contribution may look at existing innovations of distance
learning technologies in developing countries or innovations that can
be implemented in developing countries to counter the barriers to
distance education. The focus is on the distance learning technologies
in developing countries and how these technologies will enhance
learning. Please feel free to bring forward your ideas and views.
- The articles in the newsletter are limited to 1000 words.
Over-length articles will not be published.
- The manuscripts should be either in Word or RTF format. Any figures
used in the contributions would be required separately in a graphic
format (gif or jpeg). The figures should also be embedded in the text
at appropriate places.
- Please send the manuscripts by email as attachment to
email@example.com (Subject: Learning Technology July 2006
- In the email, please state clearly that the manuscript is original
material that has not been published, and is not being considered for
| Are You an IEEE Senior Member?
||"And why not? Many members do not understand the requirements for and benefits of becoming a Senior
Member. Contrary to popular opinion, a Nobel Prize in Physics, 40 years of experience, and a Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering are not prerequisites for becoming a Senior Member! Senior Membership confers benefits not
only on the member but on his [or her] Section as well...
apply now! For details on becoming a Senior Member, visit the
IEEE Senior Member Program page."
(Connecticut IEEE Section's home page, 2003).
|If you are interested in pursuing this, you should start in your local chapter or section, or contact people you 'know' from
conferences as you will need to have 3 references from IEEE members who know you personally.
| Visit the Educations Society's Web site
|Every Education Society member should regularly visit the Web site. Our Web site has been built to house as much
information about the Society as possible. The Web site, which is hosted on an IEEE server, is the archive for
The Interface and the News&Notes bulletins. It also provides information about the IEEE Transactions
on Education and there is even a discussion about becoming published in the Transactions by former Editor-in-Chief
Ted Batchman. The Society's online Distinguished Lecturer Program is hosted there and archives of past presentation are
accessible. All Chapter activity is viewable from the Chapters Committee page. Also information about specific
EdSoc Chapters is listed. The Web site is a wealth of information—be sure to visit it soon!|
| Administrative Committee Meets at ASEE Conference in Chicago
||Society President Dan Litynski (photo on left) has announced that the
Administrative Committee (AdCom) is scheduled to meet at the:
ASEE Annual Conference
on Monday, June 19th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
A report of the AdCom's activity will be included in the next News&Notes publication.
| Innovate: A Fascinating Publication About Online Learning
||Innovate is an online publication that addresses issues involving online
education. It is well-worth your time to visit to the Innovate Online Web site!
The current issue includes these articles:
- From Digital Divide to Digital Dividend: What Will It Take?,
- Teaching Social Software with Social Software,
- Uses and Potentials of Wikis in the Classroom,
- Synchronous Discussion in Online Courses: A Pedagogical Strategy for Taming the Chat Beast,
- Teaching Students about Plagiarism: An Internet Solution to an Internet Problem,
- Creative Commons: A New Tool for Schools, and,
- Term Length as an Indicator Of Attrition in Online Learning.
|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
||A special thank you to Martin Llamas-Nistal (Spain) and Burks Oakley II (USA) who serve as the News&Notes Review Board.