Whiteman Lands Two Classes on MOOC Top 100 List
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, give people around the world access to high-quality educational videos for free, and according to Class Central, two of the top 100 MOOCs in the world are produced by the Woodruff School's Director of Student Services, Dr. Wayne Whiteman.
His "Introduction to Engineering Mechanics" and "Mechanics of Materials I: Fundamentals of Stress & Strain and Axial Loading" courses make engineering accessible to students all over the world.
“My initial and continuing motivation for creating MOOCs is altruistic," said Whiteman when asked about why he does MOOCs. "I wanted to provide university level engineering material to students around the globe, particularly in regions that don’t have access to quality education resources. These classes can serve as supplementary material for students taking similar classes and can be used in lieu of lectures in flipped classroom environments. Additionally, some of my material is accessible to high school students, and I hope that by watching these videos they can get a taste of mechanical engineering and get excited about the prospect of pursuing an engineering degree.”
A third Georgia Tech class, Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming taught by the College of Computing's David Joyner, also made the list, making Georgia Tech one of 12 schools with three or more course on the list.