Technology in engineering education-essential for sustainable approaches to global technical challenges

Theodore F. Wiesner, William Y. Lan

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The complexity of challenges faced by global societies will require sophisticated technical solutions. A dramatic expansion of knowledge is expected that could lead to new technologies to address global problems. However, knowledge generation is challenging traditional education that focuses on transmission from teacher to students. Information technology can improve engineering education in three important ways: • multimedia instruction; • virtual team projects; • class management tools. Perhaps the most important factor in educating engineers to meet challenges to sustainability is the development of the professional engineering educator, an instructor who is able to adopt the latest computer-based instructional technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-233
Number of pages22
JournalWorld Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Course management software
  • Electronic courseware
  • Global technical challenges
  • Information technology in education
  • Multimedia courseware
  • Non-linear learning
  • Professional engineering educator
  • Sustainable technology
  • Technology in engineering education
  • Virtual class rooms


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