Posts Tagged: Praxis

EngSci Praxis instructor wins international teaching award

Professor Rob Irish (left) was recently awarded the Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education from the IEEE Professional Communication Society. (Photo: Alan Chong)

EngSci’s first year engineering design courses, Praxis I and II, challenge Year 1 students to step outside their comfort zone to confront “real world” uncertainty and gain a deeper understanding of decision making.

Guiding them through this complex process are exceptional instructors like Professor Rob Irish (ISTEP), who recently received the Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education from the IEEE Professional Communication Society. This international award recognizes innovative educators who have influenced the ways that technical communication is taught in university degree programs.

Learn how Professor Irish brings his teaching philosophy to Praxis.

“Over the many years that Professor Irish has taught in the Praxis courses, he has been a terrific support to our students in terms of their learning across the courses, in particular with regards to the development of their communication skills,” says EngSci’s Interim Chair, Professor Will Cluett.

The Praxis teaching team also includes Professor Jason Foster, who was recognized by the university for creating this community-focused course with the Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award in 2018.

Read about Praxis student projects from previous years: redesigning naloxone kits and a monitoring tool for firefighters during active fires.


Praxis teams take on diverse urban challenges

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From helping people with Parkinson’s disease to dance safely, to designing storage facilities for coffee beans, and even timing the throw in a knife throwing competition, this year’s Praxis design projects covered a diverse range of topics.

The Year 1 Praxis design course challenges EngSci students to apply their engineering know-how and improve the lived experience of a community within the Greater Toronto Area. Students explore the city in teams to find problems that can benefit from an engineering approach, and work with stakeholders to ensure their solutions match end-user needs. Members of the public are invited to see the results at the annual Praxis Showcase.

Read about one team’s efforts to make naloxone kits more effective.

Learn more about other Praxis projects from this year’s Praxis Showcase.


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