1st International Conference
of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education

School of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto
31 October – 1 November 2013


Important Deadlines
Submission of full papers: 2 June 2013
Notification of acceptance: 21 July 2013
Authors early registration: 15 September 2013
Camera-ready due: 29 September 2013   

The 1st International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE) will take place in Porto, between 31 October – 1 November, under the theme “Education in Engineering: Challenges for Innovation”.

Technically sponsored by the IEEE, IGIP, SEFI, ASCE, ABENGE, and the Portuguese Engineers Association (Ordem dos Engenheiros), this event will be a key opportunity to gather a number of national and international experts in the field of engineering education in Portugal, to discuss topics of the present working groups of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (SPEE): Engineering Ethics; ICT in Engineering Education; Continuing Engineering Education; Tools to Develop Higher Order Thinking Skills; and Mathematics in Engineering Education.

The program will include pre-conference workshop(s), invited keynotes, poster and plenary sessions, and a number of social events aiming to promote an ideal atmosphere for dialogue and sharing of ideas among participants.

Engineering Ethics

• Embedding Ethics in Engineering Education
• Teaching Codes of Ethics
• Plagiarism
• Credits, Rights, and Responsibilities of Dissertation Advisors
• Reverse Engineering
• Role of Engineers in Society
• Ethics and Risk Assessment

ICT in Engineering Education
• Computers in Engineering Education
• Mobile Devices in Education
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Web Interface Design
• Collaborative Environments and Tools
• Assessment Tools
• E-learning in Engineering Education
• Multimedia Contents for e/b/m-learning
• Augmented and Virtual Reality
• Serious Games

Continuing Engineering Education (CEE)
• Joint academic-industry initiatives in CEE
• Curricula Development in Engineering Degrees
• Role of Professional and Technical Societies in CEE
• Role of Government in CEE
• CEE programs and initiatives
• Lifelong Learning in Engineering
• Impact of Educational and Scientific Research in Engineering Programs
• Informal and non-formal Learning in Engineering
• Non-traditional students in Engineering
• Economical aspects of CEE
• Training in the workplace as part of CEE
• The contributing role of CEE for job creation in a global economic crisis

Tools to Develop Higher Order Thinking Skills
• Concept Mapping for Learning and Assessment
• Self-regulated Learning Strategies
• Problem solving and Creativity
• Designing Courses for Higher Order Thinking
• Using Online Tools to Facilitate Learning
• Communication Skills for Technical Thinkers
• Information Literacy and Our Tech-savvy Students
• Developing Skeptical Thinkers

Mathematics in Engineering Education
• Logic Knowledge and Mathematical Competences in Engineering
• Computational Tools for Teaching Mathematics in Engineering
• Use of Mathematical Models and Simulators in Engineering Education
• Case Studies

Essentials of Learner-Centered Teaching

Stephanie Farrell (Rowan University, USA)

Educational Quality in Engineering Courses

Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo (University of Porto, Portugal)
Accreditation of Engineering Degrees in Portugal
Sérgio Machado dos Santos (University of Minho, Portugal)
Industry-Academia Cooperation as a Driving Force for Wealth and Jobs Creation
Amaro M. Nunes (Association for Petrochemical, Chemical and Refining Industries, Portugal)
Promoting and Disseminating Science & Engineering to Society
Vasco Trigo (Autonomous University of Lisbon, Portugal)

The language of the Conference is English. CISPEE will publish the proceedings in electronic format. A book of abstracts will also be available in printed format. A number of selected, high-quality, papers will be invited for publication in the International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP). The possibility to publish selected papers, in Portuguese, in IEEE-RITA, in the TICAI 2013 edition, in the magazine of the Portuguese Engineers Association (OE), and in the magazine of Engineering Education, published by the Brazilian Association of Engineering Education (ABENGE), has also been arranged in advance. IEEE Xplore® will index accepted papers meeting IEEE requirements of content and format.

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