Welcome Class of 2017!

At this time of year, as Rose-Hulman first year students arrive and begin orientation, I always like to take a look at the Beloit College Mindset List, an inventory of the Class of 2017.  Every year the list makes its rounds among college faculty who realize once again that there is a large gulf between the old professors and the new … [Read more...]

It’s Almost Here–IPCC 2013 in Vancouver

One week from today, we will kick off IPCC 2013 on the campus of the University of British Columbia Vancouver!  With a beautiful setting, a fantastic program of presenters, and an all star lineup of keynoters, IPCC 2013 promises to inform and delight. We look forward to seeing you and/or meeting you in Vancouver. Check out the conference website … [Read more...]

Next stop: Doha, Qatar!

In my role as president of PCS, I was invited to participate in the first World Congress on Engineering Education, sponsored by Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Maersk Oil Company.  The event brought together engineering educators, industry representatives, and members of government for three days of workshops, sessions, and vibrant … [Read more...]

At Shibaura Institute of Technology

On Friday, I gave the first of two talks at Shibaura Institute of Technology, entitled "Institutional Research and Educational Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:  Creating a Culture of Evidence."  Faculty and staff involved in SIT's Global Initiative were there, along with faculty involved with SIT's new electronic portfolio project … [Read more...]

Oh Wow!

Check out the latest Prism magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, to read more about how engineering educators are helping students improve their written and oral communication skills. Thomas K. Grose, in an article entitled "Wow The Audience," reviews efforts at North Carolina State University, Texas Tech, … [Read more...]

RosEvaluation Conference 2013 – Call for Proposals

Educators are searching for tools that can help them assess and evaluate their students' achievement of defined learning outcomes in fields as diverse as engineering, business, health professions, math, science and technology (to name a few). These assessments and evaluations are part of a national trend toward transparency and accountability … [Read more...]

IPCC Day 2

Wow, yesterday was a full and fun day!  We wrapped up Day 1 with a keynote by Kirk St. Amant, who will be receiving the Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication at tonight's Award Reception.  Ron Blicq is here and will be giving the award to Kirk, quite a legacy of PCS history! Today's sessions were quite various, but here are some … [Read more...]

How (not) to improve student writing

As Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, gain in popularity and media attention, it seems that the course format--featuring 1 instructor and many thousands of students--may not provide a good environment for helping students with their writing. As Steve Kolowich reports in the August 30, 2012 issue of Inside Higher Education, students enrolled in … [Read more...]

Podcast: Web Accessibility Basics

Brenda Huettner provides us with the basics for making our web sites accessible in this training podcast. Huettner is an STC Fellow, a Senior IEEE Member, and the author of a number of informative books, including most recently Managing Virtual Teams: Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools. [Script Available] … [Read more...]

Podcast: Six Tips for Effective E-Mail

What's the best way to compose an effective e-mail? Listen as George Hayhoe, an award-winning senior IEEE member and fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, offers six valuable tips in this first ever PCS Training Podcast. After listening to George's podcast, you'll know who to target with your email, how long it should be, and what … [Read more...]