IEEE launched this initiative in January 2021 with the goal of making its continuing education resources affordable, accessible, and relevant for practicing engineers and technical professionals in countries served by the IEEE Region 8 Africa Council. The courses are being delivered through the IEEE Learning Network (ILN) with support from IEEE-trained subject experts (Course Program Guides) through IEEE Collabratec®.
This three-year initiative is supported by the IEEE New Initiatives Committee. During the first year of the project, a set of 17 current ILN course programs are being offered through industry and organization partners in Kenya and Zambia to collect feedback from their engineers that will inform next steps in the project and the development of new courses. Local IEEE Section volunteers and the IEEE Region 8 Action for Industry Initiative are helping to identify and engage with relevant industry and organizational partners.
In years two and three, the program will be expanded into Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, and Nigeria, creating the foundation for an ongoing full program of sustainable, high-quality, nationally certified IEEE continuing education resources for practicing engineers throughout Africa and other regions globally.
The 2021 IEEE eLearning Pilot Courses Collection, created for the first year of the project, is a selection of 17 of the latest course programs from the IEEE Learning Network (ILN), including courses on 5G Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Edge Computing, Smart Grid, Power System Safety, and more.
Each course program contains four to six courses that offer peer-reviewed instruction from IEEE subject-matter experts. Each course also includes assessments to test mastery of the content at the completion of the course. Altogether, there are over 100 hours of peer-reviewed courseware by IEEE subject-matter experts from around the world.
Engineers and professionals enrolled in the program can choose courses on specific topics and technologies from this set of 17 courses, or choose to take them all. The ILN platform allows learners to keep track of their progress in each course and print certificates upon successful completion of course assessments.
As an employee or member of a company or organization that signs up for the pilot project, you will have access to the IEEE eLearning Pilot Course Collection, which includes 17 of the most current course programs on ILN. Pick a course aligned with your technical areas of interest or try something new.
Upon completion of each course and passing the course assessment, you will receive continuing education units (CEUs) and a printable certificate for each course in the program.
In addition, upon completion of each course bundle, you will be asked to fill out a short survey to provide IEEE with valuable feedback to help develop future courses relevant to you. There may also be a post-trial survey with a few more deeper-dive questions based on the course feedback collected. You are encouraged to use this opportunity to take as many courses as you can and tell what you like or don’t like about a course, what is missing from the technical topics, and if the courses are relevant to you in your work life. Your feedback will help IEEE better understand topics that are important to you, as well as help IEEE enhance the ILN experience in Africa.
To become a participant in the IEEE eLearning Pilot Course Program, companies and organizations should have a reasonable workforce of engineers and/or technical professionals.
As a participating organization, you will be asked to sign a license agreement and provide the contact information for your employees to give them access to the Pilot Project Collection of course programs. They will be asked to provide feedback to IEEE via a survey for each course program they complete. Your organization will also be asked to provide feedback on the outcomes of the program from an employer point of view. As a participating organization, your company/organization logo will be added to the “Current Company Participant” list on the project web page.
IEEE seeks volunteer subject experts who have substantial knowledge and industry experience related to specific course programs, and a desire to mentor others. As a Course Program Guide you will be an active member in an IEEE Collabratec Workspace, responding to questions and offering guidance to engineers and technical professionals taking the courses. If you would like to volunteer to be a course guide, please submit the form below indicating the specific course program(s) related to your area(s) of expertise.