Keywords: information technology, engineering education, sustainable technology, sustainability, sustainable development, instructional technology, global technical challenges, electronic courseware, course management software, virtual classrooms, multimedia courseware, nonlinear learning, educational technology, professional engineering educators, virtual teams, class management, e-learning, online learning
Technology in engineering education – essential for sustainable approaches to global technical challenges
The complexity of challenges faced by global societies will require sophisticated technical solutions. A dramatic expansion of knowledge is expected that could lead to new technologies to address global problems. However, knowledge generation is challenging traditional education that focuses on transmission from teacher to students. Information technology can improve engineering education in three important ways: multimedia instruction; virtual team projects; class management tools. Perhaps the most important factor in educating engineers to meet challenges to sustainability is the development of the professional engineering educator, an instructor who is able to adopt the latest computer-based instructional technology.