It was interesting to find that there are organizations that provide open access to work in engineering education. Since I started in the Engineering Education program last year, I had gravitated towards articles published in the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) and the International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE), perhaps because most of our assigned readings came from these journals. I eventually found, however, that the culture of open access is very much alive in the discipline, through such journals as the American Journal of Engineering Education (The Clute Institute) and the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (Purdue University Press).
I also found another open access journal that is related to engineering education – the International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (IJEP). IJEP is published by the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP), based in Austria, through Kassel University Press. The peer-reviewed journal, published four times a year, is described as a venue for forums related to engineering education and pedagogy at the international level, and covers such areas as teaching practices for engineering courses, assessment, inclusivity, and faculty development, among others. IGIP, on the other hand, situates itself as an organization that facilitates international cooperation among various societies that are “dedicated to engineering education,” and lists bringing improvement to teaching methods in technical subjects, “encouraging the use of media in technical teaching,” and “supporting the development of engineering education in developing countries” as some of its aims. The last aim was particularly interesting to me, as I myself come from a country classified as “developing,” where engineering education as a discipline is yet to be formalized and organized.
In its discussion of its adherence to an open access policy, IJEP specified that its objective was to support “a greater global exchange of knowledge” by making access to research more accessible to the public, emphasizing the principle of “free access.” It also made a reference to the Public Knowledge Project, a non-profit initiative founded in 1998 by open access advocate John Willinsky of the University of British Columbia.