Virtually every major turning point of my career has hinged on some conference I made myself attend.
By Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE; Fellow, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
Reflecting back, I’m surprised to realize how many of my major career achievements have arisen out of conferences I’ve attended.
In my very first semester as a college professor, for example, I attended an engineering education conference, where I happened to pass by a workshop on “student centered learning.” That’s a silly idea! I remember thinking. After all, weren’t college professors supposed share their own hard-earned knowledge, instead of exposing the embarrassingly sparse knowledge of the students they were there to teach?