When it comes to upgrading technology and teaching tools in an engineering classroom, there's a strange push and pull.
On one hand, there's a definite need to prepare learners to keep up with the demands of the workplace. Both inside and outside the classroom, technology changes rapidly. That puts tremendous pressure on educators and institutions to provide classes with an experience that complements these changes.
On the other hand, restrictions on finances, time, and human resources make it difficult to shift and upgrade equipment on a regular basis. New technology isn't simply dropped in. It needs to be programmed into the curriculum, and to some educators, this can feel like rebuilding a boat while out at sea.
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— Ben Zimmer is a contributor to EE Times and the president of Enable Training and Consulting Inc.