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Online resources

There are many on-line resources to help with the learning and teaching of engineering, but they are not necessarily easy to find. If you do an online search, take care that you use a variety of search terms. You will probably need to use a combination of “resources”, “aids”, “materials”, “teaching”, “learning” and “university” along with your chosen engineering topic. Each of these will throw up some spurious topics.

Some of the most popular resources and activities are listed below, grouped approximately by discipline: Please let us know of others you find useful.

University level:

Engineering in general, including design

This Michigan State University site contains links to support material for all engineering disciplines

Richard Felder’s web pages contain a host of thoughtful advice about the teaching of engineering

Pearson Education offers its “Mastering …” packages in several  engineering disciplines, including Mechanical, Electrical and Civil.

Solidworks is a commercial resource widely used in design

Purdue School of Engineering Education is probably the largest department devoted to engineering education in the world

Expedition Workshed is a large collection of free learning materials for engineering. The content is slanted towards civil and structural engineering but covers much which is useful in other disciplines.

Writing and speaking guidelines for engineering students can be found at this Penn State site 

Khan Academy offers many on-line units in various aspects of maths and science which may be useful to engineering educators, but as yet has little dedicated specifically to engineering.

Airbus runs a competition for students to address challenges in aviation

The Nuclear Island Big Rig sets realistic challenges arising from the nuclear industry

Drawing Gym is an exercise programme to improve sketching and visualisation skills

Merlot II is a multi-media educational resource which is a portal to a number of engineering resources

The on-line version of Peter Goodhew’s book Teaching Engineering contains many suggestions for innovation in engineering education

The National HE STEM Programme case studies, produced through the Royal Academy of Engineering, enable the transfer of good practice across the HE STEM sector


Chemical engineering

The Learn ChemE site at Boulder contains a host of resources inluding simulations and ConcepQuestions

Chemical Engineering community resources are quite wide-ranging


Civil and structural engineering

Expedition Workshed is a large collection of free learning materials for engineering. The content is slanted towards civil and structural engineering but covers much which is useful in other disciplines.

MIT Open Courseware for Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Constructionarium is an example of detailed role-play

The American Society of Civil Engineers has produced a “Body of Knowledge” document which maps engineering skills, knowledge and competencies against Bloom’s taxonomy.

Bare Essentials of Engineering is a suite of videos about soil mechanics and concrete

Catastrophe is a structural modelling tool for assembly and tesing of pin-jointed structures

Engineering Mastermind is an on-line quiz about engineering


Computer engineering

MIT Open Courseware for EE and Computer Science


Electrical and electronic engineering

MIT Open Courseware for EE and Computer Science

Electricity 101 contain a list of resources and blogs associated with electrical engineering

A University of West Florida site contains a list of OERs in Electrical Engineering

Teaching notes on significant aspects of Electrical Engineering can be found on the Bucknell site

EEP have collected some video lectures on practical aspects of electrical engineering


Materials engineering

The Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES) is produced by Granta Design in Cambridge.  The CES Edupack offers sophisticated tools to support the teaching of materials selection, design and sustainability.

Steeluniversity.org is an educational  simulation package produced by the World Steel Association which deals with many aspects of steelmaking and applications.

DoITPoMS is a set of open resources – including on-line packages, micrographs and videos –  developed at Cambridge to support the teaching of materials engineering.

Core-Materials is a large repository of Open Educational Resources mainly in the field of Materials Engineering

MIT Open Courseware for Materials Science & Engineering 

A book from the former UKCME contains advice and case studies associated with the teaching of Materials Engineering


Mathematics for engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering, with the support of the Maths Task Group, produced contextualised mathematical resources

Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), through the Royal Academy of Engineering, produced contextualised mathematical resources which can be used in FE and for first year undergraduate students


Mechanical engineering

MIT Open Courseware for Mechanical Engineering

This QUT site contains resources associated with the teaching of energy efficiency

Mechanical design contains several stimulating resources

Formula student attracts mainly mechanical and aerospace students but is cross-disciplinary

 

See below for Pre-university resources

Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly

James Dyson

Pre-university level:

The I Want to Study Engineering site offers hundreds of Maths and Physics questions and games, with liberal hints

The IET offer a range of resources and support for teachers, including their Faraday site

NSF publishes a list of engineering classroom resources

The Guardian’s teacher network has details of how to teach engineering in schools (with many links)

The TES has a long list of resources for mechanics and engineering and some for structural engineering

Maths in Education and Industry offer resources to support the mathematical aspects of school and BTEC engineering programmes

The Royal Academy’s Engineering Engagement Programme has many resources

The Teaching Engineering Through Design site has details of activities and resources

These materials to support the teaching of Power Control are no longer maintained but contain useful stuff

Wooden clocks can be the basis for an exciting project in schools

The Royal Academy of Engineering, with the support of the Maths Task Group, produced contextualised mathematical resources

Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), through the Royal Academy of Engineering, produced contextualised mathematical resources which can be used in FE and for first year undergraduate students