Virtual E-Learning Energy Classes

Blog Post created by kimberly.wilson Advocate on Jul 13, 2016

I ran across some information today and got to thinking.  So many people are looking to enhance their skills and there are so many different online courses.  I was wondering what courses are out there and thought I would share some I have seen.  I cannot endorse them because I have not taken any of them, but I was hopeful this would provide useful information and that others would share the online courses they may have taken.


Energy 101: The Big Picture

About this course: As a society and individually, we use energy every moment of our lives to improve our quality of life. Energy 101 will develop the big picture and connect the details of our energy use, technology, infrastructure, impact, and future.

Created by:   Georgia Institute of Technology


Fundamentals of Global Energy Business (FREE MOOC)

About this course: Learn about diverse and integrated markets for primary energy, and the essential considerations driving business leaders and policy makers in development of global energy resources.

Created by:   University of Colorado System


Politics and Economics of International Energy

About this course:

Energy issues have always been important in international relations, but in recent years may have become even more important than in the past due to the widespread awareness of existing limits to energy sources and negative climate impacts. The course discusses global trends in energy consumption and production, various available scenarios for potential developments in the coming decades, the availability of oil reserves and the evolution of the oil industry. It then discusses natural gas and highlights the differences between oil and gas. It will also discuss renewable energy sources, nuclear energy and EU energy policy. The course aims at providing students whose main interest is in international relations a background on energy resources, technology and economic realities to allow them to correctly interpret the political impact of current developments. It also aims at providing students, who already have a technical background in energy science or engineering, with the broad global view of energy issues that will allow them to better understand the social, economic and political impact of their technical knowledge.


Created by:   Sciences Po


images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTtmh9-WZhnxX4nWsdlmsjhMpB7AhSMsNAAY_RtZREsQsVFid3nIntroduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There

About this course:

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an introduction to the most powerful engineering principles you will ever learn - Thermodynamics: the science of transferring energy from one place or form to another place or form. We will introduce the tools you need to analyze energy systems from solar panels, to engines, to insulated coffee mugs. More specifically, we will cover the topics of mass and energy conservation principles; first law analysis of control mass and control volume systems; properties and behavior of pure substances; and applications to thermodynamic systems operating at steady state conditions.


Created by:   University of Michigan


The International Human Resources Development Corporation also has several e-learning courses found at:

Online Training, Online Courses, Web-based Learning Management System - Learning Management Express(LMX) - NexLearn


Their classes are as follows:

  • Industry overviews of the different sectors (upstream, midstream, downstream)
  • Upstream technology (petroleum geology, petroleum geophysics, drilling engineering, well completions, production operations, facilities design, reservoir engineering, well testing, offshore operations, wireline well logging, rock and fluid sampling, topics for non-engineers.
  • Operations and Maintenance (process operations, health, safety & environment, maintenance, control systems)


Another place to mention: is not an energy classroom, but a great place to learn about areas you have interest or want to enhance skills like marketing, sales, HR, software, etc.