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SPIE Professional April 2011

Free Online Courses for SPIE Members

Complimentary online courses from SPIE are a new benefit for membership in the Society.

Two SPIE online courses taught by science and business educator Jean-luc Doumont are currently available for free to SPIE members, a new benefit of membership in the Society.

The professional development courses are "Effective Technical Presentations" and "Effective Scientific Papers," and each is eligible for .35 units of continuing education credits (CEUs).

SPIE online courses can be taken on your time and at your pace and are designed to fulfill your needs for ongoing professional training and education. Similar to the content presented at courses available at SPIE events and on your company site, each module of the online courses has clearly stated learning outcomes and includes a quiz to measure your mastery of the material presented.

The free courses run approximately four hours and are delivered with full video of the instructor, guided presentations (display slides), and tests.

Doumont is an SPIE member and former researcher in optics who now devotes his time and energy to photo of Jean-luc Doumonttraining engineers, scientists, business people, and others in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. Over the years, he has conducted hundreds of sessions worldwide, in English, French, Dutch, and Spanish.

He has also contributed dozens of articles. Among others, he is the lead author of Nature's English communication for scientists series and the author of the critically acclaimed book Trees, maps, and theorems. Doumont graduated from the Louvain School of Engineering and holds a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University.

Course Details

Oral presentation skills are a key to success for researchers. The Effective Technical Presentations course proposes a five-step methodology that will take you from scratch to an effective technical presentation. It also offers tips on how to manage the nervousness associated with speaking in public. This course will enable you to

  • Plan your presentation efficiently
  • Organize your material into an effective structure
  • Create slides that get the message across
  • Deliver your presentation effectively, both verbally and nonverbally
  • Handle even the most difficult questions

Strong writing skills are a key to success for researchers. The Effective Scientific Papers course proposes a methodology for an effective scientific or technical document  The approach focuses on structure, not style, and is applicable across languages and for a wide range of document types beyond scientific papers.

This course will enable you to

  • Plan your document efficiently
  • Create an effective abstract, introduction, and conclusion
  • Organize your material into an accessible structure
  • Construct paragraphs that get the message across
  • Write sentences that are easy to read

Go to spie.org/courses to learn more about these and other professional development courses from SPIE.

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at spieprofessional@spie.org.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201104.43

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