PRISM Magazine - Exploring the future of engineering education

A New Look for a New Year

Frank L. Huband

Frank L. Huband The new year for much of the rest of the world may not start for another four months, but in academe we get going a little early. And with the first issue of another year of Prism, we unveil a magazine all dressed up in some new clothes.

I've used this space before to mention some of the recent changes to Prism's content, reflecting both a broader treatment of engineering education and new, shorter elements designed to accommodate our members' busy lives. The goal of the redesign, in addition to giving Prism a more modern look, is similar: to produce a more "member-friendly" magazine. Easier-to-read fonts. Topic headings in Briefings items to help you quickly identify stories of interest. An International Briefings page to keep you abreast of developments outside the United States.

We've also gathered up many of the regular departments and columns that members often cite as being most helpful into "Teaching Toolbox," which will also have an additional story each month aimed at helping you do your job better.

Our cover story this month, "Long Distance Relationship," looks at one development that may already be affecting the way you do your job. Universities' and corporations' interest in distance learning is exploding as technology makes off-site course delivery an increasingly attractive option, and as the booming economy demands that engineers develop more skills and knowledge in less time.

In fact, continuing engineering education is becoming so important that ASEE has launched a major initiative to develop a comprehensive online center for lifelong learning. We are currently lining up university and professional society course providers to build the online catalog (private companies' offerings will be added after the first year), and we hope to have the system online and searchable by January 2000. In the meantime, a website devoted to continuing education issues will be up and running soon, and will keep you up to date on our progress.

I look forward to an exciting new year for Prism and, as always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher


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