Author: Ruth Graham

Design Challenge One

Ruth Graham

Activity overview Design Challenge One (DC1) is the first of five major team-based design challenges tackled by students during their first year of study on the System Design and Management (SDM) Master’s course.  It forms the major component of the one-week orientation Bootcamp designed to introduce incoming students both to system-thinking methods and to the values […]

Lessons learnt from emergency teaching

Ruth Graham

Defining features of MIT’s engineering education A striking feature of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) undergraduate curriculum is the disciplinary breadth to which students are exposed.  Regardless of their major, all MIT students are required to study what are termed General Institute Requirements (GIRs) which comprise around half of the undergraduate curriculum (17 of the 35 subjects).  While […]

Lessons learnt from emergency teaching

Ruth Graham

Defining features of Aalborg’s engineering education Since its foundation in 1974, Aalborg University has taken a distinctive problem-based learning (PBL) approach to its research and education activities.  Half of the undergraduate curriculum is devoted to group projects that each span a full semester, with the remaining half devoted to disciplinary-based ‘taught courses’.  The group projects are underpinned […]

Giraf project

Ruth Graham

Activity overview Giraf is a group project for Software Engineering students to develop an app for autistic children experiencing profound language difficulties.  The project is designed to simulate the conditions, constraints and interdependencies of a real-life software development project, with a real world client. The Giraf app (standing for Graphical Interface Resources for Autistic Folk) […]

Lessons learnt from emergency teaching

Ruth Graham

Defining features of SUTD’s engineering education  Established in 2009 in collaboration with MIT, SUTD is a specialist design and technology university, catering to a select intake of around 500 undergraduates per year.  A defining feature of the university is its multidisciplinary, active and student-centred educational approach, which is underpinned by team-based problem solving and collaboration.  All undergraduates […]

Virtual Ideation Challenge

Ruth Graham

Activity overview The Virtual Ideation Challenge (VIC) was a two-day extracurricular activity where current and incoming SUTD undergraduates connected with clinicians from a local hospital to tackle key technological challenges under the theme of “reimagining healthcare in the time of COVID-19”. Held over a weekend in June 2020, the VIC was a 100% online activity […]