Engineering education researchers around the world had virtually gathered in Engineering Education Research (EER) Big Meet Up on the 14th of May 2020. The meeting which was the first of its kind, conducted via Zoom, was hosted by University College London (UCL) and co-hosted by Purdue University, Aalborg University, University of Western Australia, Virginia Tech, University College London, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

The event was staggered with three sessions and united more than 350 participants from six continents. Each session had two to three keynote presentations by EER experts as well as breakout sessions consisting of networking and specific topics such as Evaluation and Assessment, Reviewing Journal Articles, Culturally Responsive Teaching, etc.

In the first session, which started at 7.00 a.m. (Malaysia time), UTM Centre for Engineering Education (CEE) Research Fellow, Dr. Nor Farawahidah Abdul Rahman, gave her keynote presentation titled “Making Sense of Academic Change for Engineering Educators’ Transition Towards Student-Centred Learning”.  Her interesting keynote speech captured the attention of participants and triggered exciting live scholarly discussion after her presentation. Dr. Farawahidah’s presentation also can be viewed at CEE Youtube Channel (

The CEE’s participation as the co-host and Dr. Farawahidah’s keynote has successfully put UTM in the spotlight as one of the main global players in EER, at par with other partner universities co-hosting the event.

Dr. Nor Farawahidah Abdul Rahman from CCE,UTM

The overall keynotes of the event: 

Session 1:

Making Sense of Academic Change for Engineering Educators’ Transition Towards Student-Centred Learning.                                                    -Dr. Nor (Farah) Farahwahidah Abdul Rahman, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Student Experience and Social Supports in Online Engineering Courses During COVID-19.                                                                                         -Dr. Kerrie Douglas, Purdue University

Session 2:

Examining Engineering Ethics Education: Towards a Holistic Model of Engineering Education.                                                                               -Diana Adela Martin, TU Dublin

What’s the Problem with Engineering Education?                                                                                                                                                                     -Prof. James Trevelyan, University of Western Australia

Session 3:

‘To Address’, or ‘Not to Address’ the SDGs in Engineering Education? That’s No Longer the Question!                                                                      -Dr. Aida Guerra, Aalborg University

Creative Ways of Knowing in Engineering                                                                                                                                                                                  –Dr. Diana Bairaktarova, Virginia Tech

What is ‘Grit’ and How Has it Been Studied in Engineering Education? Findings of a Systematic Literature Review.                                           -Dr. Inês Direito, University College London


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