It’s a given that standards and standards development are elemental to an engineering education, as they play a critical role in driving innovation, adding value to product design and development, and making a global impact in advancing technology. In response to recognition that there is a growing need for more comprehensive educational materials related to standards and standards development, IEEE has formally launched IEEE Standards University (ISU), a joint program of IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and IEEE Educational Activities Board (IEEE EAB).
Designed for educators, students, engineers, or anyone interested in standards, IEEE Standards University brings a better understanding of the value and impact of standards in business and manufacturing. Participants can draw from a variety of materials that build a practical understanding of standards and the innovation derived from standards development. The varied resources may help improve team working and collaborative skills invaluable to career success, while enhancing understanding of standards in fields such as electrical and electronics engineering, computing, and many others.
A key first engagement point with ISU is through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are offered jointly by IEEE and edX, a leading provider of online learning based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and governed by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The first IEEE Standards Education MOOC, “Innovation and Competition: Succeeding through Global Standards,” ran six weeks from 29 March to 13 May 2016 to a registered participant base of almost 3,000 individuals from 135 countries.
The Standards MOOC provides a full survey of fundamental standardization themes, including an introduction to standards and standards history, basic concepts and classifications, along with crucial topics like innovation, global markets, trade, implementation, conformity assessment, regulation, intellectual property, and motivating factors in standards development. What’s more, if a university would like to run the Standards MOOC as part of a course for paid college credit, IEEE can offer a license to achieve that.
“Standards play an important role in engineering, technology and computing fields that are at the forefront of advancing technology for the benefit of all,” says Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director for IEEE-SA. “IEEE-SA is committed to continue in our efforts to work collaboratively to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world by encouraging standards education as part of engineering curriculums around the world.”
ISU also offers a freely available e-Magazine, with a worldwide audience of educators, students, and practicing professionals interested in technical standards and standards development.
A new, highly engaging offering from ISU is the release of Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization, the first standards development simulation game crafted by experts with 20+ years’ experience in real-world technical standards development. The game is designed to teach about technical standards and standards development while developing team and negotiation skills. Topics include the importance of standards to industry, fundamentals of standards development, and a case study on standards. Players participate as members of standards working groups, incorporating roles that reflect the economic, political and technical realities of standards development. IEEE experts can offer support, share ideas, and provide guidance to help Game Masters achieve effective outcomes in efforts to develop the standards needed to create a viable Mars colony.
“IEEE Standards University represents a milestone achievement in providing the resources needed to advance standards and standards development education,” said Jamie Moesch, Managing Director, IEEE Educational Activities. “We are encouraged by the initial response we’ve seen to ISU, and look forward to continuing in our efforts to further standards education through new, innovative and engaging offerings that bring real value to educators, students and engineering professionals worldwide.”
To learn more, visit the IEEE Standards University homepage.