Journal Spotlight on IJQAETE

By IGI Global on Apr 26, 2011
Each issue of IGI Global's Quarterly Journal Newsletter will "Spotlight" a successful journal that adds to the surrounding scholarly debate and provides excellent research on a variety of topics. For the first Quarter of 2011, we are proud to highlight the recently launched International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE). Dr. Arun Patil, Editor-in-Chief of IJQAETE, was kind enough to grant us an interview regarding his journal.

As an engineering professor for Central Queensland University, where do you picture the critical juncture between online education and engineering education? How do you see e-learning technologies as enhancing (or detracting from) a successful engineering curriculum?
Dr. Arun Patil: I have a keen professional interest in online education. My Master's Research degree was in online/Web-based education. Currently at CQUniversity, I am coordinating and teaching a few online/flexible/distance courses in engineering programs. Engineering education programs offered in online or flexible mode have significant challenges in terms of learning/teaching and assessment as well as delivery of programs, especially with a large student cohort with a variety of educational delivery mode, such as the PBL. Engineering education when offered in a distance/online mode has special requirements, which includes provision of laboratory experiences.
Due to rapid growth and advancements in e-learning technologies, the quality and speed of curricula delivery in higher education, including engineering, is definitely a positive aspect. These technologies are also fostering "hands-on" laboratory experience through various new technologies such as "virtual laboratories."
You were the General Co-Chair at this year's International Engineering and Technology Education Conference (IETEC '11). What was the mission of this year's ITEC Conference and what do you see as the most influential outcome from this year's proceedings?
Dr. Arun Patil: This year's International Engineering and Technology Education Conference (ITEC '11), which was staged in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was the first of its kind and "truly" INTERNATIONAL since it was jointly organized by Australian and Malaysian Universities. The mission of ITEC'11 was to bring together international academics, professionals, researchers, students, employers, and policymakers from around the world to interact with a wide range of stakeholders of engineering and technology education to discuss and share outcomes-based engineering and technology education competencies for 21st century skills.
The IETEC'11 was highly successful and attended by over 140 international participants from 25 different countries. The IETEC'11 featured four interactive pre-conference workshops, facilitated by international experts, keynote addresses, paper and poster presentations. The conference proceedings published during the conference has contributions from 130 academics and experts and includes 75 papers across 16 plenary presentation sessions, including a special Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate presentation session from CDIO experts. Conference banquet highlights included a launch for the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE) published by IGI Global. During the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CQUniversity and Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania.
The next IETEC is planned to take place in Italy in 2013.

You are currently the co-editor of Work-Integrated Learning in Engineering, Built Environment and Technology: Diversity of Practice in Practice, and the Editor-in-Chief for one of our newest education journals. How do you view the process of working with IGI Global?
Dr. Arun Patil: The volume Work-Integrated Learning in Engineering, Built Environment and Technology: Diversity of Practice in Practice, is co-edited with two other experienced academics (Dr. Patrick Keleher and Dr. Roberta (Bobby) Harreveld) of CQUniversity, Australia. Students worldwide are reaping the rewards of university undergraduate and postgraduate programs that link coursework with on-the-job learning and this volume has captured a snapshot of what is happening globally in Work Integrated Learning, which provides an insight into cutting-edge practices of Work Integrated Learning around the world.

I have now publishing experience with various publishers around the globe and I would like to mention here that working with the IGI Global team is always different and very pleasing. I have found that the IGI Global publishing team, for both journal and book production, is substantially indefatigable, amazingly cooperative, professional, and always compassionate. I am enjoying publishing with IGI Global and I am sure IGI Global is growing rapidly in the area of higher education information resources.
What was your objective in launching the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE)? How do you most want to affect the academic conversation in this area?
Dr. Arun Patil: The International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE) is an international, refereed journal focusing on best practices in the management of change and improvement in higher education. This journal adds value to the scholarly literature in engineering and technology education and provides valuable resources for academics and experts to publish in engineering education journals worldwide. Advancing theory, research, and practices in the field, this journal provides a platform for the international exchange of scholarly and practical insights to improve quality assurance of engineering and technology education.
The objective of the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE) is to provide mechanisms for increasing technological literacy and enhancing economic development through increased knowledge. IJQAETE is aimed for all stakeholders in theory, practices, and policies in improving quality of engineering and technology education. This journal disseminates theories, practices, procedures, and methodologies in learning, teaching, and assessment. In addition to covering theoretical analyses of quality and quality initiatives, IJQAETE addresses quality engineering, quality technology, and their applications in business and industrial management.

Dr. Arun Patil, Editor-in-Chief of IJQAETE, is a lecturer in engineering at CQUniversity (Mackay Campus, Australia). He has over 18 years of teaching, research and managerial experience in higher and further education. Dr Patil holds a PhD, the Master of Engineering Science (Web-Based Engineering Education), both from Monash University, Australia and a Masters in Physics in the specialization of applied electronics from India. He has coordinated and organised 14 International Conferences in various parts of the world. Dr. Patil has published widely, and his publications include refereed journals, conference papers, book chapters and academic books. We thank him for his kind participation in the first of our Quarterly Journal "Spotlight" interviews.
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