IEEE Education Society History

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The IEEE Education Society or IEEE EdSoc is one of the technical societies within IEEE. This organizational unit is international in scope and its constitution identifies the following field of interest.

"The field of interest of the Society shall be the theory and practice of education and educational technology involved in the effective delivery of domain knowledge of all fields within the scope of interest of IEEE."

IEEE EdSoc promotes, advances, and disseminates state-of-the- art information and resources related to the Society’s field of interest and provides development opportunities for academic, industry and government professionals.

Brief Society Timeline

IEEE EdSoc began as a professional group of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and transitioned into a technical group of the IEEE. The principal founder and first chairman was John D. Ryder (President of IRE in 1955 and Dean of Engineering at Michigan State University). At the 1963 formation of IEEE from IRE and AIEE, the society had 1075 members. The development of the society is reflected in the following brief timeline.

  • June 14, 1957 - First Meeting of the IRE Professional Group on Education (IRE-PGE).

  • October 10, 1957 - First society constitution approved.

  • March 1958 - First Issue of the IRE Transactions on Education.

  • March 25, 1963 - Name changed to IEEE Professional Technical Group on Education.

  • September 1963 - Journal renamed as IEEE Transactions on Education for Vol. 6.

  • March 24, 1965 - Name changed to IEEE Professional Group on Education.

  • October 1966 - Name changed to IEEE Education Group.

  • April 1971 - First Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 1973 - First FIE Best Paper Award presented to Walter D. Story.

  • October 22, 1978 - Name changed to IEEE Education Society.

  • 1978 - First EdSoc Meritorious Service Award presented to Warren B. Boast.

  • 1979 - First EdSoc Achievements in Education Award presented to Lawrence P. Grayson.

  • 1997 - EdSoc becomes increasingly global with a majority of members residing outside of U.S.

  • March 21, 2019 - Sponsored its first standard, IEEE Standard for Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories, IEEE Std. 1876-2019

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