Thursday, October 1, 2009

What does YouTube think engineering education is?

The YouTube assignment, as we've mentioned in class, was inspired by the existence of 2 videos on YouTube.

The first was a result of the Digital Ethnographies project at Kansas State, and has made the rounds of the internet over the last year or two:

This video begs the question - what is our responsibility of educators who were educated during a different time to prepare our students for a different world than we were prepared for?

The other is this 50th anniversary video produced by the (then) Department of Engineering Education.

What would the viewer (in consideration of context collapse) take as a vision of engineering as portrayed in this video? Who are engineers? Who do they work with? How do they work? What do they do every day? What does the life of an engineer look like? The video only explicitly answers some of these questions, but implicitly and pretty problematically provides answers to all of them also...

If you search for "engineering education" on YouTube, you get these results. When you're feeling strong, or procrastinatory, you might like to browse them... In addition, here are the videos from last year's H&P class YouTube projects.

What are your thoughts on these videos? How do they make you think (or think differently) about engineering education?