Academics at NCER
Academics in NCER is the method of learning means replacing chalk-and-talk pedagogy of the past with inquiry, problem-based and project-based learning by ensuring students spend a significant time learning things at the industry location. These methods recognize that lectures on complex, abstract subjects are difficult to comprehend, and that hands-on, minds-on learning by experience not only makes it easier to absorb complex material, it also makes it easier to remember. Outside class, experiential learning takes the form of clubs, activities and competitions for fun, converting cars from gas to electric power, or hackathons that see students compete to solve complex technical and social problems.
NCER’s work-integrated learning sees students stepping into the actual workplace to get a flavor of what working life is like in their fields, including managing time, working independently, multi-tasking, and adapting to the particular culture and expectations of a specific workplace, all as part of their formal education. NCER wants students to understand and approach the grand challenges and problems facing our world such as climate change, automation and renewable energy , which are not solely issues of science or technology, sociology or economics, but complex, layered issues that demand broad thinking and collaboration. This learning drives students to begin thinking and acting with their careers in mind from their very first year of study at NCER.