I was able to break out the Lego in my people-centred design software systems engineering class this week (ENSE 271), the last time being 2-3ish years ago due to Covid. This activity was one I adapted/evolved from Stanford’s d.school to get SSE learners in the mindset of design thinking for their class project. Fun times!!… Continue reading Spring Lego fun in 271
The 2022 RCE Saskatchewan Annual Awards for Achievement in Education for Sustainable Development is happening on May 4, 2022. As director of the Humanity-Centred Computer Systems Engineering Graduate & Undergraduate Projects & Research Lab, I am pleased to announce that my students and I were successful in obtaining two awards for our efforts in the… Continue reading Awards obtained from the RCE Saskatchewan
Hi all – Apologies for the late notice. This semester at the uni has breezed on by (where in the world did the time go?!?) – was in Zoom and in-person and in Zoom oh my – my poor brain! This Saturday, April 9th we are scheduled to have our first in-person Engineering Project Day… Continue reading 2022 Engineering Project Day
Over the past year and a bit, I have been facilitating a learning experience for both my undergraduate and graduate software systems engineering (SSE) students. The learning experience involves an in-depth, independent exploration of solutions in support of the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The general questions I am exploring is can the… Continue reading Software Engineers exploring the UN SDGs
A pause for reflection from Ethan Zuckerman: “The metaverse isn’t about building perfect virtual escape hatches—it’s about holding a mirror to our own broken, shared world” from: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/10/facebook-metaverse-was-always-terrible/620546/ As we continue to explore variations on the metaverse (variations of online digital spaces), which I think are inevitable, and as we inch even closer to a… Continue reading Towards a “metaverse” we can all be proud of
Candace and I recently presented at the 2021 Research Impact Canada (RIC) annual conference (http://researchimpact.ca), discussing our collaborative explorations between the Regina Fire and Protective Services and undergraduate students in one of my Software Systems Engineering classes (People-Centred Design) at the University of Regina to engineer modern software applications for fire safety education. Enjoy! Abstract:… Continue reading Candace and me @ RIC 2021
Although work is still ongoing, students in my Spring 2020 graduate class on “People-Centred Design” and I received an award for initial work in exploring new website (digital habitat) experiences for the RCE Saskatchewan Community. Exciting and great work students!
Students in my Winter 2021 ENSE 405 class Designing Apps for Collaboration & Learning explored building community software tools in support of the United Nation’s (UNs) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In educating software engineers about the UN’s SDGs it is my hope that they take the idea out in industry – that the software… Continue reading Student-built software helping to address the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals
My student Jack Zhao and I, with funding from the University of Regina Community Engagement and Research Centre, worked with Regina Fire & Protective Services and the City of Regina IT Department to design and develop a 911 education app to assist with home fire safety training initiatives (this work stemming from one of my… Continue reading Student-built 911 education app going live!
I recently read an article by Dave Cormier titled, After Cheggification – A way forward (Part 1) that I thought quite interesting (I’m also looking forward to Part 2+). I echo much of what Cormier discusses as you will read below. Brief summary: there are sites like Chegg (and others) that are advertised as student… Continue reading Ramblings on Cheggification & where we go from here