The Future of Engineering Education
elcome to the first edition of the Journal of Online Engineering Education. It is our hope that this new journal will help the engineering community improve education through the implementation of online strategies. I often find that when I talk to colleagues about online engineering education the first response is about what cannot be taught online. While it is true that online education has its limitations, we too often fail to ask what can be taught online and how online tools can help us. And the answer is that there are many ways in which engineering schools, both big and small, can benefit from online education. As student populations grow and resources become scarce, finding sufficient classroom space is a problem for many institutions. The adoption of hybrid courses, courses where students do some online learning in combination with traditional lectures, can free up needed class space. As more responsibility (i.e. work) gets placed on faculty members, online tools can help supplement classroom learning, create assessments that take less work, provide feedback to students faster, and give students access to others who hold more expertise in a certain area.