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#BigBeacon Twitter chat – February 17 – The Reflective Engineer

What Does a Reflective Engineer look like?

Engineers are doers. When we see something that needs changing, our first instinct is to act. And that is a wonderful thing.

But engineers are also sometimes criticized as being automatons. The claim is that we coldly react without thinking beyond our own small realm of technical expertise.

Deep and broad thinking can be directed either out toward the world or in toward our own lives. Much of the discussion of transforming engineers has focused on encouraging engineers to look outward.

In this chat we will explore what happens when engineers look inward. When they reflect and discover that they are not automatons.

Join us Wednesday, February 17 at 8pm using the #BigBeacon hashtag to discuss:

  • What are the benefits of reflection in the process of learning?
  • How do you encourage engineers to reflect?
  • How do you encourage engineers to take reflection seriously?
  • How might reflection encourage empathy?
  • How might documentation for engineering projects serve as a pathway to student self-discovery?
  • How can reflection fuel life long learning?
  • What are the barriers to more reflection in engineering education?

Join Joseph Tranquillo (@JoeTranquillo) on Wednesday, February 17 from 8 – 9 pm EST, in discussing the importance of Reflection in Engineering.

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy! First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at

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