Information and Requirements for Free Online Electrical Training and Learning Materials
Free online electrical training courses are available courtesy of the OpenCourseWare (OCW) project through such schools as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), African Virtual University, the University of California and Irvine and Berkeley, and Concordia University. Course topics run the gamut from introductory lessons in electronics and electrical engineering to studies of the electrical systems in automobiles and advanced instruction in integrated circuits. Learners may not have access to all materials used in the original classes. College credit is not available with these courses.
List of Free Online Electrical Training and Learning Materials
African Virtual University
- Electricity and Magnetism was originally part of a Bachelor of Education degree program. Students can download the learning materials and read them, or they can view some of them as YouTube videos. The main topics of study include electrical potential, concept of electric charge, direct current, capacitance and magnetism. Among other topics, Ampere's circuital law is also covered in this course.
Concordia University, Quebec, Canada
- Electric Circuits - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals is offered as a YouTube video that runs less than an hour. Students learn about Kirchhoff's laws, voltage, current and power, electrical resistance and basic circuit elements. This is one of several educational videos by Seyed Ebrahim Esmaeili, Ph.D., on the topic of electric circuits.
- Circuits and Electronics teaches OCW users basic electrical engineering principles. Students learn through assignments, exams and 24 lecture videos. Topics covered include digital abstraction, analog and digital circuits, amplifiers and energy storage units. Original prerequisites for this course were Physics II: Electronics and Magnetism and Differential Equations, both available as online courses through MIT. The textbook for this course was Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.
- Introduction to Electronics, Signals and Measurement provides OCW users with an introduction to the field of electronics, with a particular emphasis on signals and measurement. Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of the study of electronics; however, they should be familiar with magnetism, differential equations and electricity. No textbook was required for the original course, but seven books are recommended for additional reading. Assignments and lecture notes can be downloaded from the course site. Instructions for technology needed is available through a Frequently Asked Questions page.
- Microelectronic Devices and Circuits focuses on basic microelectronic circuit analysis and design, is aimed at students who were interested in focusing their education in 'Devices, Circuits and Systems,' offered by the school as a concentration. This OCW course includes assignments and exams, though answers for the latter are not provided. Learning tools include 26 sets of lecture notes, 25 sets of recitation notes and 12 tutorials that can be downloaded in PDF format.
University of California - Berkeley
- Electrical Engineering 240- Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits provides a study of the design and analysis of various amplifiers, as well as methods of reaching wide-band amplification. Learning materials in this course include 26 lecture videos. Topics in this course include CCD filters, analog-to-digital converters, CMOS circuits and analog switches.
University of California - Irvine
- CSET Science Subtest I: Electricity and Magnetism is designed for science and math teachers in California who need to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This OCW test prep course covers the fundamentals of electricity. Some of the topics include electromagnetics, measuring current and voltage, electrostatics, circuits and Ohms Law. The course consists of multiple-choice questions for seven subject areas. The course is entirely self-contained, and users are not required to purchase any additional materials. Students completing this course can qualify for 3.0 continuing education units (CEUs).