Purdue Offers Long-term Learning Through Short Courses

Purdue is the latest university to join the IEEE Education Partners Program

7 January 2008

Interested in earning some continuing education credits or expanding your engineering education? Then consider Purdue University’s online continuing education non-credit short courses and master’s degree programs. Purdue is the latest university to join the IEEE Education Partners Program (IEEE-EPP), which offers IEEE members a 10 percent discount on the university’s noncredit short courses that can be used to earn continuing education units.

The programs are offered through Purdue’s Division of Engineering Professional Education, known as ProEd, within the College of Engineering.

Degree programs include master of science in interdisciplinary engineering, as well as aeronautics and astronautics engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. The master's degree programs deliver courses using a range of technologies including streaming video of recorded classes, or mpg4s for download. Exams are proctored at or near the student’s location. Students can communicate with instructors by phone or e-mail. Some instructors also use course management systems such as Blackboard while others set up course blogs or online forum discussions to interact with their students.

“Students are getting the same course they would get if they were actually in the campus classroom with the instructor,” says Vickie Maris, director of professional development programs at ProEd. “They often report that it’s great being able to remain at their jobs while continuing their education with faculty who teach traditional, on-campus programs.”

SHORT COURSES Purdue’s non-credit short courses cover more than 20 topics including automation, circuits, the uses of genetic algorithms as a tool to improve design and reduce engineering time, engineering management topics and nanotechnology. Courses take anywhere from one day to one month to complete, and can be taken onsite, mostly on the main campus in West Lafayette, Ind., or via live webinar discussions.

Although many students take the courses because their companies require they earn a specific number of CEUs—or perhaps for a specific licensure—Maris notes “many engineers take our short courses not for the CEUs or certification but for the knowledge they gain and the ability to interact with the instructor on the latest research in a specific area of study.”

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