Developing Online Education 4.0 Engineering Learning Environments With Agile And Anti-Fragile Methods With Resiliency Including Pandemic World

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Brief Abstract

Education 4.0 learning environments need to be flexible and agile with technology changing aspects of education to prepare students for current and future work in the 4th industrial age. Students need to develop a diverse set of skills for an ever-changing world. This presentation explorers tried technology and techniques used in some engineering courses. 

Extended Abstract

To prepare students for the 4th industrial age, educational institutions can improve the student educational experience by moving to Education 4.0 learning environments. This requires classrooms to be flexible and agile with technology and techniques to address the student educational experience preparing them for current and future work environments. Students need a diverse set of skills for an ever-changing work environment. The educational system must assist people for adapting into various types and styles of work opportunities. This includes diversity, equity and inclusion. These provide for the best outcomes and solutions to the many challenges facing society. This is especially true for engineering, and adding to the challenge of online learning in pandemic like conditions. 

The educational environment must be anti-fragile, agile, flexible, and resilient to serve learners needs. We must be able to provide students with learning experiences that adapt to various needs for remote work, virtualization, simulation, in teams across different time zones and geographical areas. 

Students need to be able “fail” (deviations on the way to success) at tasks and activities to provide for learning opportunities.  


Students don’t need to be “taught” they need a safe learning environment. We as learners need to be able to see one, do one, and teach one.  A learning environment in which it is safe to try and find out what works and doesn’t. A place to explore and not be worried about mistakes. To be able to use a virtual lab environment where it is safe and no one is harmed, where mistakes – other approaches can be explored and tried. An engineering learning environment that requires diversity, equity, inclusion, and collaboration. This effort is greatly helped with a collaborative advisory group from industry to insure tools, techniques, and technology are current.

This presentation provides some examples of developed student learning environments where students were able to take on tasks they did not think they could do, working in teams with pandemic challenges in virtual learning environments, and being successful. 


Presentation outcomes:


  • The integration of various technology and techniques to provide a safe learning environment for students to develop their skills and collaboration.
  • Contrast between “teaching” and learning environments, Education 4.0 approach.
  • Examples of positive student learning environments