Spring 2014 MnDRIVE Seminar Series


Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
The Mechanics of an Engineering MOOC: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

March 12, 2014, 3pm; 3-180 Keller Hall


Bridging the theory-practice gap in engineering education is a well-known hard nut to crack. In this talk, I will discuss how this can be approached both in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) setting and in a flipped classroom. Based on my recent MOOC, Control of Mobile Robots, I have flipped the classroom in a senior robotics and controls class at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The students take the MOOC and come to class prepared to program robots. I will discuss why engineering classes make ideal flipped classes yet present real challenges for meaningful online learning.


Magnus Egerstedt is the Schlumberger Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he serves as Associate Chair for Research and External Affairs. He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Physics and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, the B.A. degree in Philosophy from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of control theory and robotics, with particular focus on control and coordination of complex networks, such as multi-robot systems, mobile sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems. Magnus Egerstedt is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Network Control Systems, the director of the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (GRITS Lab), a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the ECE/GT Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award, the HKN Outstanding Teacher Award, the Alum of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology, and the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award.