Tamuq’s Teaching Week focuses on commitment to educating engineers

 04 Dec 2017 - 10:54

Tamuq’s Teaching Week focuses on commitment to educating engineers
Participants addressing a seminar at the Teaching Week 2017.

The Peninsula

Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq)’s Teaching Week 2017 focused on highlighting the branch campus’ commitment to educating exemplary engineers. 

The week’s activities included the Humanitarian Engineering Panel discussion during which students recapped their experiences spending a week at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands studying scenarios and solutions outside the traditional boundaries of their engineering disciplines and a poster showcase highlighting transformative educational experiences, such as augmented and virtual reality tools to enhance student learning. Teaching Week was organised by the Center for Teaching and Learning, which supports teaching and learning excellence in engineering education in Qatar.

The keynote address, “From Creative Inquiry to Sustainable Impact,” was delivered by Dr Khanjan Mehta, the vice provost at Lehigh University (USA), who spoke about the transformation he’s leading in engineering education at Lehigh. Mehta asked students in the audience, “How many of you are designing circuits and writing programs? Engineering is much more than that. What’s going to prepare you for a life of impact? Why work on something [like designing circuits] that creates no value?”

The workshop enabled students to formulate proposals for complex humanitarian problems and understand the ethical, cultural and social issues in humanitarian work. 

Teaching Week 2017 also included an event in which this past year’s winners of transformative educational experience grants displayed their projects and the progress they’ve made on them. 

Some of the winning projects this year include developing augmented and virtual reality tools to enhance students’ learning experiences and redesigning an organic chemistry course to focus on and convey engineering concepts.