20 Sep 2014Draft papers
20 Oct 2014Notification of acceptance
31 Oct 2014Final Paper Due
08 Dec 2014Conference Opening

Craig Watterson
Victoria University of Wellington
eMail: craig.watterson@vuw.ac.nz

Vision for TALE 2014

The aim of TALE is to provide a forum for academicians and professionals from various educational fields and with cross-disciplinary interests to network, share knowledge and engage in dialogue around the theme of fostering innovation and excellence in engineering education. To this end, both research and practice-oriented papers are invited that encompass all aspects of education in the engineering fields (including computing, computer science, information technology and cognate disciplines). The conference features traditional paper presentations, workshops, as well as keynotes by renowned educational experts and authorities.

Victoria University of Wellington is the host organisation for the IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering 2014 (TALE).

New Zealand is a multicultural country with an expanding engineering focus and an acute awareness of the natural environment. The New Zealand Government has a vision of New Zealand as an innovative technological leader in a global sense – this goal has at its heart the unlocking and enabling of learners’ potential through educational excellence. This vision also sees a partnership between engineering and green technologies. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand sits at the crossroads of the future for engineering development with aims at becoming a technological hub and at the same time looking for ways to become a green city. Both history and the future collide in this vibrant capital creating an atmosphere of excitement for people who visit Wellington, and it is something we want to share.

Our Vision for TALE locates this conference within the guardian of New Zealand’s cultural heritage the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, organised by passionate people from the number one university in New Zealand for research quality: Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. Within this space educators will participate in presentations and experience a chance to enter dialogue with the very people driving the education of our future engineers who will go on to solve the technological and environmental issues facing the next generations.

Our theme: ‘Learning for the Future Now’, focuses speakers to address the issues of educational thinking and practice and how this should be changed in theory and practice to solve the declining number of engineering graduates in a future which is dependent on them. A central consideration of this theme is the role education will play in creating graduates for the future where environmental sustainability will be essential to the wellbeing of all people. Another key aspect of this theme centres on addressing the pipeline growth of future graduates and retaining those students who walk onto our campuses intent on a career in engineering. To change the future for the better not only do we need to educate them in the skills needed to make a difference we also need we need to retain these people within our programmes and courses.

This conference encourages the contribution of educators (from engineering and other associated disciplines like education and psychology) to meet and share ideas leading to the implementation of practises aimed at the primary current issues facing tertiary engineering education providers.