Transnational Engineering Education using Technology Conference - 31st July 2020

Transnational Engineering Education using Technology (TREET) Conference


Transnational Education (TNE) involves higher education institutes delivering educational services in another country. Such programs exist in many different forms and they have evolved from branch campuses of Western universities to distance online teaching programs. Furthermore, TNE programs have attracted a variety of students from different cultures and backgrounds. Moreover, to meet the needs of the constantly shifting global job market, we foresee a greater number of higher education institutes engaged in TNE within the next five years. Without doubt, TNE is going to change the lives of millions of graduates from around the world. Consequently, it is important to develop sustainable practices and systems that support these programs. However, there are challenges in ensuring that these TNE programs are sustainable and equitable to both sides of the partnership. To address these challenges, a central aspect of this workshop involves the application and integration of information, computational and communications technology in the teaching and learning of electronic engineering programs.



TREET is an IEEE virtual conference that is technically sponsored by the IEEE Education Society. The workshop will serve as a valuable resource for researchers, course setters and program directors, particularly those involved in transnational learning and teaching of electronic and computer engineering. The workshop is organised by the University of Glasgow, UK. The workshop invites contributions from leading academic and industrial experts. In particular, the workshop aims to report the latest advances and future trends of key techniques and frameworks enabling optimal development and delivery of electronic and computer engineering education, while considering the technical constraints and uncertainties involved. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The implementation of active learning techniques (such as Team Based Learning, Challenge Based Learning and Project Based Learning), given the cultural background and diversity of TNE students.
  • The application of novel ICT tools to facilitate remote supervision of students.
  • The integration and application of technologies to enhance student engagement and learning in TNE programs.
  • The use of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques in engineering education.
  • The use of wearable technologies to improve communication and engagement between teachers and students.
  • The use of visualisation and Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tools to help students understand difficult engineering concepts
  • The role that technologies can play in developing, managing and delivering teaching material in a TNE program.
  • The use of technologies to assist in assessing students and providing targeted feedback.
  • Surveys and review articles of ICT technologies in electronic and computer engineering education.



Workshop Chair - Dr Rami Ghannam, University of Glasgow, UK.

Co-Chair - Prof Scott Roy, University of Glasgow, UK.

Publications Chair - Dr Faisal Tariq, University of Glasgow, UK.



Prof Judy Raper - Dean and CEO of TEDI London.

Prof John E. Mitchell - UCL's Vice Dean of Education & EIC of IEEE Transactions in Engineering Education.

Prof Miguel A. Conde - Prof. University of Leon, Robotics Research Group.



Full Paper Submission - 21st June 2020. 

Acceptance notification - 30th June 2020.

Final submission for authors -17th July 2020.

Workshop Date - 31st July 2020.



The final schedule can be accessed here.



Registration for this event is free. Please make sure to register before Wednesday 29th July 2020 via following the link here.



Please follow the link here for more details. 


Workshop on Engineering Education Research - 21st August 2020


The Workshop on Engineering Education Research aims to share the expertise of leading academics in engineering pedagogy. This workshop will be part of the UK China Emerging Technologies (UCET) Conference. The workshop will be delivered virtually and is organised by the University of Glasgow, UK. The workshop will cover topics pertaining the effectiveness of engineering education, including:

  • Community engineering education.
  • The implementation of active learning techniques.
  • The application of ICT tools to facilitate remote learning.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Prof. Euan Lindsay, CSU Engineering Foundation Professor of Engineering, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
    • Talk Title (TBC): High quality remote laboratories. 
    • Talk Time: 10:30.
    • Brief Bio: Euan Lindsay brings immense experience and passion for engineering to the establishment of CSU's Bachelor of Technology / Master of Engineering (Civil Systems). Euan's background is in mechatronic engineering, and he completed a PhD in Engineering Education, exploring how students learned while controlling equipment remotely via the internet. During his academic career, Euan has held senior roles as Program Leader and Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Curtin University, and Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, before joining CSU as the Foundation Professor of Engineering. He has also been a visiting scholar at Virginia Tech. A member of a number of professional associations, Euan has also co-authored two book chapters and written or co-authored numerous journal articles.


  • Prof. Caroline Baillie, Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social Justice, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego.
    • Talk Title: Community engineering education: preparing students for an unknown future. 
    • Talk Time: 16:20.
    • Brief Bio: Caroline Baillie is Professor of Praxis in Engineering and Social justice at the University of San Diego, and co-founding director of the not-for-profit ‘Waste for Life’ ( which supports vulnerable communities in the development of upcycled waste-based businesses. Baillie’s research considers socio-technical processes and systems, which enhance social and environmental justice, and educational systems that promote these. She brings lessons learnt from these studies and practices into the classroom of all ages, to facilitate the transformation to a more equitable and just future. Professor Baillie has published 27 scholarly books, an edited series of books on ‘Engineers, Technology and Society’ and over 200 book chapters, peer reviewed journal and conference papers.


  • Prof. Matthew W. Ohland, Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor and Associate Head of Engineering Education, Purdue University, USA.
    • Talk Title: Forming and managing engineering student teams.
    • Talk Time: 16:50.
    • Brief Bio: Matthew W. Ohland is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor and Associate Head of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research on the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and his team received Best Paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008, 2011, and 2019 and from the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011 and 2015. Dr. Ohland is an ABET Program Evaluator for ASEE. He was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi and is a Fellow of the ASEE, IEEE, and AAAS.


Organised By:

  • Dr Rami Ghannam, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.
  • Dr Imran Shafique Ansari, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.

A copy of the workshop flyer and the Zoom dial-in details are available here.


Talk Recordings:

Talk by Prof. Euan Lindsay during the first session is available here.

Talks by Prof. Caroline Baillie and Prof. Mathew Ohland during the second session are available here.



Autumn 2020 Engineering Education Seminar Series


The EERG will be organising a series of seminars during the autumn semester, which feature prominent researchers from around the world. The seminars will cover topics that include:

  • Promoting inclusiveness in engineering education.
  • Engagment in engineering education.
  • The application and use of ICT tools to enhance engineering education.


Seminar Speakers:

  • Prof. Cecilia Chan, Associate Professor - The University of Hong Kong.
    • Talk Title: Engagement in Engineering Education. 
    • Talk Time: Thursday 1st October at 14:00.
    • Biography: Dr. Cecilia Chan is the Head of Professional Development in the Centre of the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Cecilia has a dual cultural background; she was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Ireland. In addition to her dual cultural background, she also has a dual discipline expertise in engineering and education; she has been playing a key role in enhancing engineering, and science education as well as teaching and learning in higher education. Her combined expertise in these fields and multi-cultural experience enabled her to lead and conduct research on topics such as assessment and feedback, experiential learning, technology enhanced learning and the development and assessment of 21st century skills spanning in education from east to west. Dr. Chan also has substantial experience in holistic competency development and assessment in higher education and has been researching in this area for over ten years. She has developed a framework to assist teachers to integrate competency into the university curriculum and is also researching in approaches to assess these competencies. Her work is employed in many parts of the world. She has been invited as keynote speaker and panel speaker to many international educational conferences in Korea, Singapore, United States, Estonia, United Kingdom, Macau, Thailand, Malaysia and Switzerland on teaching, learning and the assessment of generic competency including the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Cecilia holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She also held a Fellowship from King’s College London. Dr. Chan is involved in over 40 research/projects worldwide and was awarded the University of Hong Kong’s Young Outstanding Researcher Award and Knowledge Exchange award. She is the Chair for the Engineering Education Community in Hong Kong and the President for the Asian Society for Engineering Education (AsiaSEE). More information can be found in the Teaching and Learning Enhancement and Research Group (TLERG) website:
    • Join Zoom Meeting: 
      Meeting ID: 997 8460 0551


  • Prof. Claire Lukas, Professor of Engineering Teaching and Learning, King's College London, UK.
    • Talk Title: TBC.
    • Talk Time: Thursday 29th October at 14:00.
    • Biography: Claire Lucas is the Professor of Engineering Teaching and Learning in the new Engineering department at King’s College London where she is responsible for leading large-scale education transformation within the department and the wider faculty. She was formerly Director of Studies for Systems and Information Engineering at Warwick University where she launched innovative programmes in Biomedical and Systems Engineering and was part of the team who re-developed the General Engineering common core structure for all degree programmes. Her research focuses on inclusive Engineering Education and she is passionate about inclusive and authentic assessment and curriculum including the power of Systems Thinking for Engineers. She also researches verification and validation of education quality including methods of assessing quality and quality standards including AHEP. Previously, Claire was a mathematical modelling specialist at Jaguar Land Rover Ltd and she continues to teach and research intelligent automotive systems and multi-body systems modelling of vehicle dynamics. Externally, Claire is secretary to the Board of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network, a QAA subject specialist in Engineering and an accreditor for the IET. She holds a senior fellowship of AdvanceHE and is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. In 2019 Claire was awarded the Women’s Engineering Society Prize at the IET Young Women Engineer of the Year ceremony and in 2020 she was named as one of the top 50 Women in Engineering for her work on gender diversity in Engineering. Outside of work, Claire is a mother of 2, a wife, a Christian and a park run enthusiast.
    • Join Zoom Meeting: 
      Meeting ID: 975 4499 6597


Organised By:

  • Dr Rami Ghannam, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. 

Spring 2021 Engineering Education Seminar Series


The EERG will be organising a series of seminars during the spring semester, which feature prominent researchers from around the world. 


Seminar Speakers:

  • Dr Gabriel Cavalli, Associate Professor, Queen Mary University London (QMUL).
    • Talk Title: Embedded Disciplinary Literacy in Science and Engineering: A Universal Design Case for Academic Inclusion. 
    • Talk Time: Thursday 25th February at 15:00.
    • Abstract: This results in streamlining of students work, through assessment of suitable learning outcomes in different modules. Working in a transnational education (TNE) space has made STEM academics in QMES aware of the importance of language in learning. This awareness is rather novel to STEM academics. STEM backgrounds do not provide enough reflection on disciplinary language issues. This is also largely unexplored in educational development programmes. While this reflection is unavoidable in TNE, teaching through English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) to “non-native English speakers”, we conclude that similar issues arise teaching any discipline to any student in any language. After all, no student is a “native speaker of STEM”, or any other discipline. Even when the medium of instruction coincides with students’ native language a range of literacy skills and lack of focus on supporting disciplinary language development can become a barrier to learning and attainment, usually
      expressed as “I don’t understand”. I will present a reflective account of this in-progress journey starting from EAPSTEM integration in QMES focused on EAP modules, through re-thinking STEM teaching in STEM modules, to proposing a new approach for STEM teaching in HE, TNE or otherwise.
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  • Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan, Associate Professor, Khalifa University, UAE.
    • Talk Title: Active Online Learning.
    • Talk Time: Thursday 8th April at 15:00.
    • Abstract: Traditional lectures have long been criticized for the low level of
      student engagement. The current move from face-to-face to distance
      on-line learning makes student engagement even harder due to the
      lack of sufficient student-teacher interaction. Active learning is
      believed to promote students’ involvement and improve their
      achievement. However, active learning relies on continuous
      scaffolding, feedback, and moderation by the instructor to keep
      students on track. So, moving active learning on-line requires a
      higher level of student-teacher interaction which can be a real
      challenge for big classes. Fortunately, today’s learning technologies
      provide many partially unutilized features and capabilities that can
      support fully active learning and make lectures completely
      unnecessary. In this talk, I would like to show how this works. I have
      been teaching three courses without lectures for three years. This
      just made my students happier, and me.
    • Join Zoom Meeting:


Organised By:

  • Dr Rami Ghannam, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. 
  • Dr Imran Ansari, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. 

Summer 2022 Immersive Learning Symposium


You are all cordially invited to an introductory symposium on Immersive (Metaverse) Technologies for Learning, which will be delivered (virtually) on Wednesday 29th June at 3pm. The symposium will host Ms April Speight from Microsoft, who will share her thoughts on how to get started in the field of Extended Reality (XR). I’ve also invited GigXR’s CEO, Mr David K. Lassman, who’ll discuss how his company is using XR for healthcare training and education. I’d also like to thank our colleagues from Glasgow School of Art, who kindly volunteered to deliver an introductory tutorial on Unity3D and Unreal, which are the most popular engines for XR development.

Do join us and take part in discussing some of the opportunities the “metaverse” can offer for your students. Symposium flyer available here.  

Everyone is welcome! Zoom meeting link is: .


Organised By:

  • Dr Rami Ghannam, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. 



Symposium recording available here.