Get Schooled on IEEE’s Educational Products and Services

There are programs tailored for students and professionals

20 September 2016

No matter who you are or where you are in your career, IEEE Educational Activities offers products and services designed to meet your learning needs. This holds for whether you’re a student, a schoolteacher or college professor, a technical professional, or just someone interested in engineering or technology.

PREUNIVERSITY

For young people and educators, TryComputing.org, TryEngineering.org, and TryNano.org are the go-to portals for lesson plans, games, career information, and a list of universities offering programs in computing, engineering, and more focused topics like nanotechnology.

IEEE Spark is a quarterly e-magazine about engineering subjects of interest to teens aged 14 to 18. Each issue focuses on a specific topic, such as 3-D printing, animation, or cyber­security.

Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) in IEEE provides funds to IEEE volunteers and student members to work with high school students on engineering-related projects in collaboration with community-based organizations. It’s a signature program of the IEEE Foundation. To qualify, an engineering project must offer an immediate and broad impact and be sustainable over the long term.

The IEEE Teacher In-Service Program shows IEEE volunteers around the world how to demonstrate to preuniversity educators the application of engineering concepts to the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in their classrooms.

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

The IEEE accreditation portal offers a searchable database of accredited, degree-granting engineering, technology, and computer science programs. In addition to providing information on recognized accrediting bodies and accredited institutions, the site is a resource for those interested in learning more about accreditation methods, objectives, and challenges.

The Virtual Workshop Series on Early Career Faculty Development presents live, Web-based, IEEE-sponsored conferences. Graduate students and those just beginning their careers as instructors can ask faculty members from around the world for advice on, say, how to create a research program, write a grant proposal, or get research published.

IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), IEEE’s honor society, recognizes university students for outstanding academic accomplishments and professionals for their contributions. An invitation to join an IEEE-HKN chapter as an undergraduate is an acknowledgment of academic success, an early indicator of leadership ability, and an opportunity to contribute to both the profession and the community.

IEEE-HKN holds its annual Founders Day celebration on 28 October, publishes The Bridge magazine three times a year, and sponsors an annual student leadership conference. The Advanced Learning Workshop kit offers resources that enable the honor society’s student chapters and IEEE student branches to organize programs on time management, handling stress, effective note taking, dealing with a difficult professor, and similar topics.

The IEEE Standards Education program, a cooperative effort between IEEE Educational Activities and the IEEE Standards Association, promotes the importance of standards in meeting technical, economic, environmental, and societal challenges. It also develops and disseminates learning materials and resources and promotes the integration of technical standards into academic programs of study. IEEE Standards University offers access to courses, videos, workshops, news, and other resources.

For professionals

The IEEE eLearning Library, located on IEEE Xplore, contains more than 400 interactive online tutorials and short courses addressing a wide variety of engineering and technology topics. The introductory, intermediate, and advanced-level tutorials are developed and reviewed by leading subject matter experts. Certificates awarding continuing education units and professional development hours are available upon completion of the courses.

In partnership with edX, one of the world’s premier nonprofit online learning destinations, founded by Harvard University and MIT, IEEE Educational Activities offers instructor-led and self-paced massive open online courses (MOOCs) via IEEEx. Most are free of charge. Learners who pass the courses may purchase certificates awarded jointly by IEEE and edX.

IEEE Educational Activities also supports other IEEE groups by offering services such as coordinating and hosting webinars and virtual events and issuing digital certificates and educational credits to their educational event participants.

AWARDS

The IEEE Educational Activites Board Awards recognize and honor individuals, teams, groups, organizations, and companies for contributions to engineering and technical education. Awards are given for meritorious activities and achievements that advance the practice of engineering and of engineering education.

There are also scholarships to recognize graduate students for work in electrical engineering, with financial support for their continued studies.

And awards from IEEE-HKN promote and recognize outstanding contributions by students, faculty, and professionals in IEEE’s technical fields of interest. 

Tracy Parker is the IEEE Educational Activities promotion manager.

This article appears in the September 2016 print issue as “Get Schooled on Learning Opportunities.”

This article is part of our September 2016 special issue on The State of Engineering Education.

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