Is there any open courseware available for online engineering courses?
Many top colleges have followed suit after MIT originally developed open courseware. Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Stanford Engineering Everywhere provide open access to many of their class lecture notes, exams, problem sets and lecture videos. If you complete an open courseware online engineering class, you will not receive verification or credit, but these resources allow you to learn at your own pace or research a school, professors or an online engineering course.
If you are taking online classes for engineering in computer science, you could audit MIT’s Introduction to Computer Science and Programming and learn from 1 of the best computer science programs in the world. MIT also offers other accredited engineering classes online like Probabilistic Systems Analysis and Applied Probability, which explores how statistics can quantify, model and predict the interaction between known forces and random phenomenon.
In CMU’s Engineering Statics open courseware, you can learn about forces in systems in equilibrium. You can also compare 2 similar classes at elite schools like CMU and MIT to see which approach will complement your own classes.
One of Stanford’s most popular engineering online courses is Artificial Intelligence: Introduction to Robotics. It incorporates the principles of geometry, statics, kinematics and control to teach the nature of challenges robotics students face.
University of Notre Dame offers AME 20231 Thermodynamics online to everyone in the world who wants to explore the practical applications of how heat interacts with different substances and forces.
What blogs or other online resources might be useful in my engineering courses?
Life as an Outlier is written by an engineering grad student who brings a human and slightly absurdist perspective to the challenges of being an engineering student. She playfully applies her critical thinking to seemingly trivial topics like importation laws, tearing down equipment and student competitions.
In contrast, Miss MSE (Materials Science Engineering) has a blog called Periodic Boundary Conditions, which is a more grounded exploration of the challenges of being an engineering graduate student. She recently blogged about finding a mentor, frustrations with some open courseware and the difference between preparing for a career in academia versus a career in an industry.
John Hunter’s Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog takes an earnest and sometimes contrary look at how creativity and innovation can improve the classic engineering take on technology, education, scientific inquiry and managing scientific endeavors. His blogs about responsibility to the earth should especially appeal to you if you plan on earning your environmental engineering degree.
You can also explore the website, Engineer Blogs, and search for bloggers whose experiences resonate with you. You can use the Internet to discover alternate perspectives on your field and rely on the experience of others to plan your education and learn about engineering jobs.
What magazines or journals can I read while I study in my offline or online engineering classes?
You should definitely check out the magazines from the top engineering schools, many of which are free. The Berkeley Science Review, a graduate research journal offered by UC Berkeley and CMU’s Engineering Magazine, will keep you up to date on your community and feature stories about engineering’s impacts on the world. Even if you are enrolled in the top engineering courses online, these publications are a great complement.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes dozens of journals in various fields like geomechanics, construction and transportation. Some are available only for purchase, but like many engineering societies, the ASCE offers free access to some of its magazines. For example, you can read the current and previous issue of Civil Engineering Magazine online.
Bentham Science Publishers produces The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal, which is available to everyone. It strives to present reliable and the most current developments in mechanical engineering. The Journal of Electrical Engineering is another option for you if you are interested in a different engineering field.
New research and ideas in engineering develop faster than traditional or online engineering classes can keep up with. You can use journals to keep atop of the current trends in research in your field. If your specialty is unclear, you can browse the database of the publishing company Springer to find journal articles on a variety of topics.