The world of electronic publishing is perpetually evolving. At Knovel, our team is focused on always staying one step ahead of the curve, which is why we attend events like last week’s ASEE Annual Conference! Read what Knovelist Virgil Wong has to say after attending.
K-Exchange: What would you say is the purpose of the ASEE Annual Conference? Why did Knovel attend?
Virgil Wong: It’s all about the exchange of ideas in engineering education. We go every year to connect with customers, get feedback from them and make sure they understand that at Knovel, we’re here to help them. Behind our technology, we are a company of people, here to make sure our search capabilities and content offerings are always addressing the needs of the engineering community.
KX: Who attended? What did the conference have to offer?
VW: There were 400 technical sessions, and ASEE had something to offer for pretty much all engineering disciplines. Attendees included deans, faculty and researchers, students–mostly educators. It was great reaching out to them to hear their ideas and help further building and engage with the engineering community.
KX: What are some interesting things students and educators had to say at ASEE?
VW: I was really interested in speaking to students on what they think is the future of engineering education–what technologies they are using in the classroom. In general, many of the kids I spoke with think we are moving in the right direction–toward an accessible platform of electronic resources. Today, physical textbooks are only getting more expensive, and a freely searchable platform with hundreds of interactive content, instead of one static text–holds much more value. Students really embrace new technologies and give us great insight on the user experience.
KX: What was your favorite part of ASEE?
VW: They held a lot of awesome student sessions. It was great to see how students are so willing to engage and expand their voices within their respective campuses. That they want to share their ideas. Because really, that’s just what Knovel does. It’s a shared platform that seeks to make engineering education more accessible for students throughout the world.
(above) Virgil Wong is a Marketing Associate at Knovel, a purveyor of nerdisms and all around good guy.