Editorial

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This is the first issue for 2010 of the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education (AJEE). This issue comprises seven submitted papers. The papers address a range of issues, illustrating the challenges faced in engineering education, along with a discussion on how to move away from academics' comfortable transmission modes of educational practice into the more challenging realms of action learning and problem-based learning in virtual space. Other papers focus on a teacher/research model for teaching ecological engineering, competency deficiencies in engineering graduates, the importance of professional development for engineers, evaluation of first-year spatial visualisation skills, and using computer tools for teaching structural engineering and linking those to possible influences of the academic institution on students' learning. Each paper makes a valuable contribution that addresses an important need in the engineering education field.

The AJEE is now published in three issues each year. The first issue will take contributions from all aspects of engineering education, both research and practice. The second issue this year will comprise the best papers from the annual AAEE conference, which was held in Adelaide in December last year. The conference was a great success, bringing together engineering educators from Australia, New Zealand and all around the world. …