June 14, 2014
June 14, 2014
June 14, 2014
Curriculum and Lab Development
20.4.1 - 20.4.8
Are we prepared to bridge the gap?Today our academic institutions are expected to turn out high caliber graduates who cansmoothly transition into jobs in industry at large quickly and effectively thus increasing theability of technology companies to innovate and be more competitive in the global markets. Themechanisms to meet these expectations are however complex, and not always easy to achieve.Some of the known factors are for instance geographical location and stature of the educationalestablishment. Another key contributing factor has been to examine how specifically aninstitution prioritizes one set of subject matters over any other so as to make new graduates moretechnologically attractive to their constituents. This presentation we will examine some of theways this is achieved typically as well as highlight subjects that are either under or over-emphasized in the fields of computer science and engineering from both the hardware andsoftware perspective. An effort will be made to specifically try to answer (i) what is theimportance of various subjects taught in computer science curricula today (ii) what is theemphasis educational establishments place on those subjects, and (iii) what is the importance ofthose very subjects in the real world as seen by industry at large. The objective of this research isto help educational organizations achieve greater focus on those subject matters that areperceived by industry to be more important given the advancements and trends in the fields ofscience and technology and so better prepare our new graduates to be more competitive andsuccessful in meeting the challenges of the technological future and brave new world. In additionit is hoped that work presented will broaden and deepen awareness among faculty members andadministrators of the educational institutions and that it will motivate more educators toparticipate in and support this global understanding of this issue. It will also help in furthergrowing the body of knowledge about educating our future generations by initiating a moreactive, interdisciplinary, and international collaborations among educators, education researchersand curriculum designers.
Wyne, M. F. (2014, June), Are we prepared to bridge the gap? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/17167
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