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SEFI Workshop ETHICS AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION - TU/Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from Thu Dec 12 2019 9:00 to Fri Dec 13 13:00.

Meeting the Challenges of Engineering Ethics Education

TU/Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from Thu Dec 12 2019 9:00 to Fri Dec 13 13:00.

The Ethics Working group of the European Society for Engineering Education
(SEFI) is organizing a dedicated workshop on Ethics and
Engineering Education.
Teachers in engineering faculty face several challenges in teaching ethics.
This workshop focusses on mutual support for solving these challenges. The
workshop will be clustered around 4 relevant themes. Participants are invited
to bring in extra own issues and will work on their challenges to take actual
improvements 'back home'.

Topics (We are open for input from participants):

1. Educational methods: Learning activities, learning
materials and other educational elements have a large impact on students'
motivation, basic needs, engagement and deep learning. See example: 2MIN video
>>> We exchange educational methods and discuss adaptation to your context.

2. Assessment of students and evaluation of quality of
ethics courses: Increasing the quality of student assessment and determining
the effect of ethics courses can be tough challenge. See example1 and

>>> Different ways of assessing students in ethics courses and evaluating
quality (effectiveness, learning goals ...) of ethics courses will be shared
and possible applications in your context will be discussed.

3. Framing "Engineering ethics": Framing engineering ethics
is a must! You might feel comfortable with a definition like this: Engineering
ethics is the study of related questions about the moral ideals, character,
policies and relationships of people and corporations involved in
technological activity (Martin and Schinzinger, 1996).

>>> We strengthen our reflection on and understanding of what engineering
ethics is for our current time frame and in your context.

4. Evidence based redesign: Teaching methods appear to be
often driven by custom-and-practice ('I teach the way I have seen others teach
this material') or by naive experimentation ('I have an idea to try out').
Yet, there is now growing evidence about what methods and approaches are
effective in increasing student learning.
>>> We come up with practical ideas how teaching of engineering ethics can
be informed in your context by the evidence available on how people learn to
think, feel and act ethically.

Date: Thursday December 12th 9:00 to Friday December 13th 13:00.
Venue: TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands. More info will follow for participants.
Subscribe and questions: Send email to Gunter Bombaerts, before Sunday Dec 1.
Participation is free.
Proposals for other topics: can be submitted until Friday November 15th.

Looking forward meeting you!

The SEFI Ethics working Group:
Roland Tormey (EPFL), Mamfred Hampe (TU Darmstadt), Diana Adela Martin (TU
Dublin); Thomas Staley (Virginia Tech), Janna van Grunsven and Pieter de Vries
(TU Delft), Ester Gimnez Carb (Universitat Politcnica de Valncia), Gunter
Bombaerts (TU Eindhoven).
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