Tertiary education in ergonomics and human factors: quo vadis?
journal contributionposted on 2019-12-05, 09:50 authored by Jodi Oakman, Sue HignettSue Hignett, Matthew Davis, Gemma Read, Michelle Aslanides, Bouhafs Mebarki, Stephen Legg
In 2019, the Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) discipline turned 70; to celebrate, an international group of academics and educators have reflected on the status of HFE tertiary education across the globe. This paper draws on presentations and discussions from the 20th Triennial International Ergonomics Association (IEA) conference and considers the implications for HFE education programmes. Past, current, and future challenges are outlined and discussed with examples from different countries and programmes. This paper builds on a 2012 strategy (Dul et al., 2012), to strengthen the demand, and application, of the HFE discipline and profession. It provides a considered set of reflections, noting the range of structural issues and financial pressures within the tertiary education system that create challenges for the viability of specialist programmes such as HFE. A need exists for the broader profession to collaborate and share innovations in HFE programme development, to ensure sustainable HFE education programs.