Take a course in person and you often walk away with a briefcase full of handouts. Take a class online and all you might leave with is a quickly fading memory of the topic. Not so anymore with the IEEE ELearning courses (formerly IEEE Expert Now). Downloadable course notes have been created for all 70-plus online tutorials. These cover such topics as artificial intelligence, computer engineering, lasers and optics, microwave theory and techniques, and vehicular technology, as well as professional development and management topics.
Available in PDF format, the notes contain full-text transcripts of the audio portion of the courses. They also include definitions of all terms, an index, a course summary and outline, and a bio of the instructor. Lists of complementary courses and other resources on the topic are also provided. The resource lists will be constantly updated to keep materials up to date.
REFERENCE POINTS The notes can be accessed during the tutorial, either from the opening screen so they can be used during the class, or from the final screen, where students are reminded to download them before they sign out of the class.
“Students have told me that the notes are a great tool for learning because they give them something to refer to,” says Jill Bagley, product development manager for IEEE Educational Activities, in Piscataway, N.J. “If they didn't start using the information from the class right away, they would forget it.”
Bagley also points out that the notes are helpful to students whose first language isn’t English. “The transcripts help them to follow the audio portion of the courses,” she says.
The price of each course for IEEE members is US $69.95. Companies that want to offer the courses to all their employees can subscribe to the entire catalog of 70-plus courses.