2017: The Year of the MOOC

A look back at the top Georgia Tech MOOCs creating buzz this year

December 08, 2017 | By Gordana Goudie
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are taking the education world by storm. These flexible online courses are allowing thousands around the world to develop professional competencies on their own schedules, without breaking the bank. In addition to walking away with the self-satisfaction of a newly acquired skill, MOOCs are also a killer addition to any resume.

Here were your top 10 go-to Georgia Tech MOOCs this year:

  1. Speak English Professionally
  2. In this 5-week course, you’ll sharpen your English-speaking skills and learn to express yourself confidently and professionally in a variety of business contexts.

  3. Write Professional Emails in English
  4. Learn to write purposeful business emails to achieve your communication goals. The focus is on grammar and vocabulary skills as well as cross-cultural knowledge for effective business writing.

  5. Intro to Engineering Mechanics
  6. This foundational course teaches you the principles for solving engineering mechanics problems.

  7. Computational Investing
  8. Understand investing from a computational point of view. Explore the principles and algorithms hedge funds and investment professionals use to optimize return and reduce risk in equity portfolios.

  9. Intro to Electronics
  10. Get an overview of the basic components of electronics as well as operation and common applications.

  11. Intro to User Experience Design
  12. Develop the skills to design artifacts based on user needs, behavior, and expectations. Learn about the four-step user interface design cycle and the techniques for gathering user information.

  13. Applications in Engineering Mechanics
  14. If you’ve mastered engineering fundamentals, this course is your next step. Learn about modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real-world engineering systems and problem-solving.

  15. Control of Mobile Robots
  16. This course focuses on the application of modern control theory to the problem of making robots move around safely and effectively. It takes you from basic theory to an actual robot moving around in the real world.

  17. Machine Design Part 1
  18. If you’re a practicing mechanical engineer aiming to boost your machine design knowledge or an undergraduate student looking for extra learning opportunities, this course is for you. The first on a three-part series, it covers fundamental mechanical design topics.

  19. Mechanics of Materials 1: Fundamentals of Stress and Strain
  20. Explore the topic of solid objects subjected stress and strain. Learn the methods for predicting the response of engineering structures to various types of loading and analyze their vulnerability