Author Archives: Mike Ekoniak

Interesting Roanoke Times Article

There was an interesting story in the Roanoke Times a few days ago about Virginia Tech’s only 2-year degree program.  It fits within the land grant mission on the university, and is very relevant to our discussion about the history, … Continue reading Continue reading

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A tale of two syllabi

As I’ve been preparing my student-focused syllabus design for GEDI, I’ve also been scanning my old class notes from undergrad so I can finally throw away those reams of paper I keep moving around with me.  One thing that stuck … Continue reading Continue reading

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Diversity Scholars Project

Engineering, especially at the undergraduate level, is not always a very inclusive field.  Engineering culture has historically been grounded in a very objectivist, positivist mindset.  A few semesters ago, I was taking a class on gender and identity in engineering.  … Continue reading Continue reading

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Equity and Education

I came across this article recently on how successful Finland’s education system has become through a focus on equity in education. There are no private schools in Finland, and there is no focus on excellence per se. Rather, there is … Continue reading Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary Problem Based Learning

Problem Based Learning (PBL) seems to make a lot of sense.  Students should be engaged in multifaceted problems that reflect real-world situations.  However, the disciplinary nature of most courses would seem to limit the extent of a PBL environment’s interdisciplinarity, and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Diversity Video

Last year, some colleagues and I entered the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ diversity video contest.  We were all enrolled in an excellent class together (ENGE 6984: Gender, Ethnicity, Identity, and Engineering, taught by Dr. Holly Matusovich) … Continue reading Continue reading

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(In)visible Diversities

Often when we speak about diversity in education, we’re thinking about visible diversity.  Can we walk into a classroom and see a balance of men and women, various racial and ethnic groups, etc.  Of course, diversity goes much, much beyond that.  In … Continue reading Continue reading

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Diversity and MOOCs

There were so many interesting blog posts on MOOCs over the last few weeks, a topic that I’ve blogged about in the past.  I think it’s worth considering the ways in which a shift towards MOOCs in higher education might … Continue reading Continue reading

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When Instructors are a Cog in the Machine

Michael Wesch’s article, Anti-Teaching: Confronting the Crisis of Significance, really resonated with me.  He astutely points out that when we say that some students aren’t cut out for school, we’re really saying that some students aren’t cut out for learning. … Continue reading Continue reading

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