I read a blog post by Greg Wilson on Software Carpentry, which discusses how, over the past 20 years, computer scientists have grown to accept and value designers and graphic designers. Unfortunately, he contrasts this trend with a lack of acceptance (by engineers) of educators. Wilson claims that in order to improve education in computing, we have to make education important, even essential, to computer scientists. Currently, educators are not valued professionally by computer scientists in the way that designers are.
He suggests a good place to start sending engineers interested in education is the Audrey Test (or, What Every Techie Should Know About Education).
- Read the Audrey Test ASAP; Would this be useful for the integrated engineering course?
- How can we make education relevant to engineers?