Workshop Session D.1 – Engineering Education Methods: Engineering Arts Opportunities – Approaches to Integrating the Arts into the Engineering Curriculum
Deborah Tihanyi, Lydia Wilkinson, Ken Tallman, Peter Eliot Weiss | Arts opportunities for engineers can increase engagement, critical thinking, teamwork and confidence in multidisciplinary environments. At the University of Toronto, we offer a series of in-house Humanities electives for engineers that focus on developing interest and abilities in the creative arts. In addition to these high-level initiatives, we can find ways to integrate arts into our regular classroom activities, by developing modules, assignments or exercises that engage the creativity of our students as engineers. In this workshop, participants will identify an arts-based course, or new or existing project for arts integration, become familiar with arts techniques and activities currently used in engineering electives, brainstorm activities for their arts-initiative, develop and share insights with colleagues working on similar projects.