Dr. Jacob P. Moore and Dr. Thomas L. Reinsfelder Honored with ASEE Engineering Libraries Division 2021 Best Publication Award


Dr. Jacob P. Moore and Dr. Thomas L. Reinsfelder has received American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) 2021 Best Publication Award for “Current Usage Patterns of Open Educational Resources in the Engineering Mechanics Classroom and Barriers to Adoption” which is published in Issues in Sciences and Technology Librarianshiphttps://doi.org/10.29173/istl65

Dr. Jacob Moore is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Penn State Mont Alto. Dr. Thomas Reinsfelder is Head Librarian also at Penn State Mont Alto.

The ELD Award Committee unanimously agreed that this article represents a significant contribution to the field of engineering information. This study employed a two-pronged approach to learn about the usage of open education resources (OER) in engineering. The authors analyzed both publicly available information from college and university websites as well as a survey of mechanics instructors across the US to learn about current adoption patterns of OER in engineering mechanics classrooms. Overall the committee felt that the topic of OER in engineering is popular topic in engineering education, becoming even more important due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the move to virtual instruction and learning. In addition to the important topic covered in the article, the committee felt the research methodology utilized was notable as well. As one committee member stated, “the methodology was so clear and so succinct, it could easily be replicated.” This potential for replication is just one of the many reasons this article stood out as the clear winner for “best publication” this year.

For more information about the ASEE ELD 2021 Best Publication Award, please check out ASEE ELD webpage