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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – April 6 – Interdisciplinary Learning Experiences

Join Students for a Whole New Education on Wednesday, April 6 at 8pm ET for our chat about: Interdisciplinary Learning Experiences As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, opportunities to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries has increased. Students in higher education may develop interests in fields outside of their chosen major. How can we provide meaningful learning experiences for students that want…

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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – February 3 – Humanizing Engineering Education

Join Students for a Whole New Education on Wednesday, February 3 at 8 pm ET for our chat about: Humanizing Engineering Education Undergraduate engineering programs have traditionally placed a large emphasis on developing technical knowledge and skills in students, often without placing an equal emphasis on the societal contexts in which the technology is situated. We teach students to design…

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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – Nov 4 – Resilience in the Face of Failure

Join Students for a Whole New Education on Wednesday, November 4 at 8pm ET for our chat about: Resilience in the Face of Failure   Students face numerous academic pressures and challenges in college. Learning to overcome these obstacles is a key component of our education. But often, we don’t provide students with spaces to discuss these issues. There’s a culture…

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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – September 9 – Empathy in Education

Join Students for a Whole New Education on Wednesday, September 9 at 8pm ET for our chat about: Empathy in Education This piece is written by Athena Lin (athena@bigbeacon.org) on recent reflections about teaching that she hopes will serve as the basis for Big Beacon’s first Twitter chat this fall. I was recently asked to serve on a panel of…

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5 Ways to Win at your Engineering Degree

This is a guest post written by Ken Palamara, a recent engineering graduate. He shares his experiences as an engineering student to help current students make the most of their time in college. Read more of his writings and advice at his website, Uncharted Engineering. When I graduated from Penn State University with an engineering degree in August of 2014, I was deep into the…

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The gap between the student and the world

This is a guest post written by Virginia Alonso, an engineering student at University College London. She is also involved in Students for a Whole New Education, a network of student advocates for Big Beacon.  "Engineering schools often fail to provide students with knowledge or understanding of the challenges faced by those outside of the developed world. Medical students and…

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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – March 18 – What Does It Mean to be An Engineer

  Join the Engineering Education Students’ Society at the University of Calgary on Wednesday, March 18 at 8pm ET to discuss: What Does it Mean to be An Engineer?  Those of us in engineering education are sometimes considered to be outliers or outsiders for not pursuing more technical and conventional job opportunities. But is an engineer in project management still an engineer?…

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Introducing Students for a Whole New Education

Students for a Whole New Education (SWNE) launched in January 2015 with a mission to empower students to take ownership of their education. SWNE is an organization of student advocates of Big Beacon. This is the first of many blog posts about our journey to achieve the changes we hope to see in our education.  Who are we? We are a…

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#BigBeacon Twitter Chat – Students for a Whole New Education – Wed Jan 21

Big Beacon invites students to join in our monthly Twitter Chats focused student-centered issues! We want to engage students in our conversations to transform engineering education. We want to bring student voices to a platform that listens to students’ thoughts and experiences and cherishes them. Students for a Whole New Education is aimed that bringing together students across the world…

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