August 2021

About the IEEE Education Society Newsletter:
The IEEE Education Society (EdSoc) Newsletter aims to provide members with relevant time-sensitive announcements and news.
About the IEEE Education Society
The IEEE Education Society was founded in 1957 and is one of the oldest technical Societies in IEEE. It is a worldwide Society of professionals dedicated to ensuring high-quality education in science and engineering. Our members engage students each day, research and propose new theories in learning science, and innovate classroom practice. We welcome your contributions to our community and hope you can benefit from the dialog the Society helps to foster.
President's Message

Over the past few months, we experienced an important milestone in the life of our Society. On 14 June, we had a meeting in which IEEE, through its Society Council Review Committee (SCRC), reviewed the activity of our Society. This is an institutional process that is carried out periodically every five years, and the recommendations received serve as a primary source for the Education Society's strategy over the next five-year cycle...Continue Reading

IEEE Teaching Excellence Hub Launch
IEEE Teaching Excellence Hub Launch

The IEEE Education Society and IEEE Educational Activities are proud to announce the launch of the Teaching Excellence Hub. This free website provides a broad collection of curated and peer-reviewed educational materials and resources along with links to events and resources.

The Teaching Excellence Hub is regularly updated with professional development resources designed to help the global academic community enhance their teaching skills and to grow professionally. Among the resources are original short articles on a wide variety of topics related to academic integrity; assessment techniques; capstone projects; cooperative learning; equity, diversity, and inclusion; educational research, learning science, learning technologies, remote instruction, and more. The Hub is managed by an Editorial Board with global representation from the IEEE Education Society and IEEE Educational Activities.

Educators can subscribe so that the latest content is delivered weekly to their inbox. For information on the Teaching Excellence Hub and on how to author a contribution, please contact Steve E. Watkins, Vice-President for Educational Activities and Awards and Co-Chair of the Teaching Excellence Hub Editorial Board.

Experience the Hub today.

2021 IEEE Diversity-Related News
IEEE Women in Engineering – IEEE WIE Pledge Adopted

IEEE Women in Engineering (WiE) is a global network of IEEE members and volunteers dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering and science.

In their July 2021 Board of Governors Meeting, the Education Society leadership passed a motion to adopt the IEEE Women in Engineering Pledge as a Society best practice. The pledge states, that as a Society, we will work towards gender-diversified panels at all IEEE meetings, conferences, and events, including our own.

Click here to learn more.

WiE Representative: Lisa Huettel

If you would like to contact the Society’s WIE, YP, or D&I Representative, please send an email to [email protected].

2021 Member-at-Large Election
The election for the 2022-2024 Board of Governors Members-at-Large (four positions) will begin on 8 September 2021. This election is hosted by IEEE. All IEEE Education Society members are eligible to vote. You will receive an email from IEEE with instructions on how to place your vote.
Get to know your IEEE Education Society Officers
Steve Watkins – Vice President for Educational Activities and Awards

Steve E. Watkins is in his second term as Vice-President of Educational Activities and Awards for the IEEE Education Society. His responsibilities include managing the Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program, promoting educational resources, and supporting the Awards Committee. Recent work has included updating the DL experts list, developing online educational programs, and pursuing collaborations within IEEE. He is the co-chair of the Teaching Excellence Hub Editorial Board which is an engineering education website co-sponsored by the society and the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB). He is also the chair of the Faculty Resources Committee of EAB as a contact for the society. A variety of webinars and other online events have been co-sponsored between the Education Society and EAB...Continue Reading
New Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del Aprendizaje (IEEE-RITA)

Join us in welcoming Carina Soledad González González, as the new Editor-in-Chief of IEEE-RITA!

Carina González is a Full Professor of Computer Architecture Technology at the Department of Computer Engineering and Systems of the University of La Laguna (Spain). She develops her teaching activity interdisciplinary at the School of Engineering and Technology, in the Faculty of Education, in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and the Faculty of Social Science and Communication at the University of La Laguna. Carina is a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2001) by the University of La Laguna and a Ph.D. in Social Science and Education (2020) (Best Ph.D. Award) by the University of Huelva (Spain). Bachelor in Computer Science (1995) by the National University of Northeast (Argentina), certified as Computer Engineering by the Spanish Ministry of Education (1999). She is also certified in “Early Childhood Technology” by Tufts University (USA) (2018) and in Human-Computer-Interaction by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) (2020)...Continue Reading
Education Society Standards Committee Update
The P2834 Secure and Trusted Learning Systems Working Group would like to thank Sundar Krishnan for stepping up to the challenge of being the Secretary from 27 September 2020 to 26 July 2021 during this pandemic period.

Sundar Krishnan, CISM, CISSP, CDPSE, PMP, Black Belt Six Sigma, ITIL(F), is a Cybersecurity and Information Technology professional having over 25 years of experience across various industries such as Aerospace, Banking, Energy, Textiles, Oil & Gas, Industrial Automation and Healthcare. He has a master’s degree in Digital Forensics from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and a master’s degree in Computer Applications from Bharathiar University. In his career, he has held many positions such as Team lead, programmer, service delivery coordinator, consultant, and in senior management. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cyber and Digital Forensics at Sam Houston State University. During his doctoral studies, he has published research papers and presented his research findings at various international conferences ... Continue Reading
Virtual Distinguished Lecturer Report – Education Society Vizag Bay Section Chapter
“Making the Transition from Engineer to Leader” – Dr. Leslie Martinch

On 28 June 2021, Leslie Martinch delivered a virtual Distinguished Lecturer webinar on “Making the Transition from Engineer to Leader” to the Education Society Vizag Bay Section Chapter. A total of 77 members from various parts of India joined Leslie and interacted.

Leslie spoke on relationships, communications in project management, selling ideas, and negotiating to take projects to the next level. She also discussed the four main principles (a) mastering relationships, (b) communicating effectively (c) seeing the big picture, and (d) getting things done. She iterated the need for truth, honesty, trust, communication, and accountability in our daily works. The need for requirement analysis, functional behavior, architectural synthesis, validation, and verification was also stressed in her lecture. She gave a 90 minute focused spirit model to achieve high productivity. The need to honor different problem-solving approaches was exhibited with few examples.

At the end of the lecture, there was a Q&A session with Leslie. Many members, students, and senior executives participated and appreciated Leslie’s views about the transition from Engineer to a Leader.
Inauguration of the IEEE Education Society’s Kerala Section Chapter
The Inauguration of IEEE Education Society Kerala Chapter was held on 14 July 2021 by Prof Edmundo Tovar, President of the IEEE Education Society. The meeting was presided over by Ms. Sarada Jayakrishnan, Chair of IEEE Kerala Section, and Er. Deepak Mathur, IEEE Regional Director, delivered the keynote address and the website launch of the Society. The meeting also honored Dr. K.P.P Pillai – the most senior IEEE Life Senior Member of IEEE Kerala Section who has been a member of IEEE for the last 57 years. Following, Dr. V K Mathews – Founder and Executive Chairman, IBS Software delivered a distinguished talk on “Industry Expectations” and Dr. Rajashree M S – Vice-Chancellor, APJAK Kerala Technological University delivered a distinguished talk on “Academia-Industry Linking.”

Prof Rosa Maria Vasconcelos, Vice President of Membership for IEEE Education Society, Dr. Suresh Nair – IEEE India Council Chair, and Dr. S.M Sameer – IEEE Regional Secretary offered the felicitations. Dr. Leesha Paul presented on Women in Education.

The event was well received and attended by 100+ IEEE members and other guests.
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (IEEE TLT) Special Issue Call for Papers
TLT Special Issue on Technologies for Data-Driven Interventions in Smart Learning Environments

Abstract Submission (Optional): 15 October 2021
Full Manuscripts Due: 15 December 2021

Smart learning environments (SLEs) have been recently defined [1] as learning ecologies wherein students perform learning tasks and/or teachers define them with the support provided by tools and technology. SLEs can encompass physical or virtual spaces in which a system senses the learning context and process by collecting data, analyzes the data, and consequently reacts with customized interventions that aim at improving learning [1]. In this way, SLEs may collect data about learners’ and educators’ actions and interactions related to their participation in learning activities as well as about different aspects of the formal or informal context in which they can be carried out, from sources such as...Continue Reading
IEEE Education Society Educational Activities Updates
IEEE Accreditation Webinar Series

Have you ever wondered how IEEE impacts Accreditation? Most people understand that certain institutions are “accredited,” but how does that happen? What are the contributions that IEEE volunteers make in bringing this to Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs across the globe?

Join us for the remaining sessions in this exciting series that delves into the behind-the-scenes experiences from current IEEE/ABET Program Evaluators, Global Accreditation Experts, and the ABET connection.

Segment One featured the IEEE Program Evaluators (PEVs) preparation process for a University visit. Ece Yaprak, Division Chair and Professor, Engineering Technology, and April Cheung, Assistant Professor of Practice, shared their expertise and experiences in navigating through the exciting world of accreditation visits. Learn how the school you most likely attended...Continue Reading
COMPSAC 2021 - OER Competition Report
The organizers of COMPSAC 2021 (Professors Edmundo Tovar, Henry Chan, and Claudio Demartini) are pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the 1st Annual COMPSAC Student OER Contest (which was technically endorsed by the IEEE Education Society).

They are:
  • First Prize: Learning Computing by Card Magic, by Caiqi Zhang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Second Prize: VerilogMaster, by Ritika Paliwal, Rushikesh Shendare, Biral Pradhan and Pratik Solav, National Institute of Technology Warangal, India
  • Third Prize: Op-pymize.upn by Nathalia Montero Gómez and Andrés Santiago Jiménez Guzmán, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia

Computer Science and Information Systems instructors are urged to examine these students’ work, each reviewed by a team of senior CS and Information Systems faculty, to determine their utility in your courses. The OER metadata as well as direct links to the winning OERs can be retrieved from the MERLOT repository via the links shown below. Contest rules and prizes can be found here.

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Conference Innovation: The Key to Overcome Present Challenges
The primary objective of the IEEE Education Society is to provide valuable, high-quality resources to enhance the professional development of its members. This goal has been fulfilled by several actions and projects, including Conferences that take place in different regions of the world.

The IEEE World Engineering Education Conference – EDUNINE is one of them. It is one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Education Society organized in partnership with COPEC — Science, and Education Research Organization, which has been specially designed and developed for region 9, Latin America. It all started in 2017, at the initiative of some members of the BoG as at the time President Prof. Dr. Claudio da Rocha Brito and Prof. Melany Ciampi, Prof. Dr. Manuel Castro, Prof. Dr. James Sluss, Prof. Dr. Russ Meier, and Prof. Dr. Henrique Santos.

Its first edition took place in 2017 Santos - Brazil, followed by 2018 Buenos Aires - Argentina; 2019 Lima - Peru; 2020 Bogota - Colombia and 2021 Ciudad Guatemala - Guatemala...Continue Reading
IEEE Education Society Flagship Conferences

IEEE LWMOOCS 2021 has been postponed to September 2022. To learn more, click here.

IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2021

IEEE TALE 2021 will be held as a hybrid event in Wuhan, China on 5-8 December 2021. The target audience of the conference is diverse and includes those working in higher education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), K-12, corporate, government, military, and healthcare sectors.

IEEE World Engineering Education Conference (EDUNINE) 2022

IEEE EDUNINE 2022 will be held as a hybrid event from 13-16 March 2022. EDUNINE 2022 will be a “Smart Distributed Conference” with gatherings througout Ibero-America.

Important Dates:

  • 20 September 2021 – Full, WIP, and Workshop Paper Submissions
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) 2022

IEEE EDUCON 2022 will be held on 28-31 March 2022 in Gammarth, Tunisia.

IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference 2021

IEEE FIE 2021 will be held as an in-person event, from 13-16 October 2021. ASEE and IEEE unite to create an inclusive venue where excellence in research, teaching, and creative activity are valued. FIE brings together a multidisciplinary global community committed to improving scholarship and practice in engineering and computing education.

Important Dates:

  • 20 September 2021 – Early Registration Deadline 
IEEE Education Society Publications

The IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) covers research on such topics as Innovative online learning systems, Intelligent tutors, Educational software applications and games, and Simulation systems for education and training.

The IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) publishes significant and original scholarly contributions to education in electrical and electronics engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE.

The IEEE Journal of Latin-American Learning Technologies (IEEE-RITA) focuses on technological applications and research in Education.

Current Publication Issues

Interested in meeting like-minded people in your area? Visit the Chapters page on our website to find an Education Society Chapter near you.


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