Teaching

drones for good book cover image that contains the text "Drones for Good - How to Bring Sociotechnical Thinking into the Classroom by Gordon Hoople and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

At the Good Drone Lab we have spent the last few years designing and implementing a course that brings together students from the Schools of Peace and Engineering here at USD. This project was made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF EEC-1519453). We developed this course in order to bring students together to (a) talk about the role and impact of new technology, (b) think and talk about their disciplinary lenses, (c) work in teams to build drones, (d) develop a novel way of using drones for the greater good. This effort was well-received and has led to a number of publications in the scholarship of teaching and learning literature. Requests for our teaching modules has led us to develop a practical textbook for engineers interested in sociotechnical approaches to pedagogy.