Top 100 Leadership Blogs

By Nicole White

Whether you want to work on standing out as a leader or just want to improve your confidence and charisma for all aspects of life, you can find some great guidance and advice on the Internet. These bloggers, some of whom are well-known writers, CEO’s and business professionals, can help you discover the leadership potential that exists in you so you can be more successful, productive and happy in any role in your life.

Leadership Development

Check out these blogs for some advice on bringing out your hidden leadership abilities.

  1. Center for Leader Development: Foster your budding leadership skills as a student or an adult with the resources provided by this center’s blog.
  2. Extreme Leadership: Learn how to take your leadership to a whole other, more extreme level with tips from Steve Farber.
  3. Unleashing Your Leadership Potential: Blogger and businessman Kevin Eikenberry provides help and insights on unleashing your leadership potential on this site.
  4. Slow Leadership: This blog is all about taking the slow and steady approach to building leadership skills and becoming a great leader.
  5. Survival Leadership: Don’t just be a successful leader, but a significant one. This blog provides loads of leadership development skills.
  6. Mick’s Leadership Blog: Learn how to self-assess, get tips on management and much more from this blog.
  7. The Leadership Blog: Check out this site to find some truly inspirational interviews with business leaders.
  8. The Leadership Evolution: Are you in need of a leadership pick-me-up? This site is dedicated to providing leaders of all kinds with inspirational quotes.
  9. The Recovering Leader: Learn to be more self-aware in your leadership skills with a little help from this blog.
  10. The Practice of Leadership: South African blogger George Ambler shares his journey to better leadership on this site.
  11. Zinger On Strength-Based Leadership: Here you can find advice and guidance on strength-based leadership.
  12. Great Leadership: Blogger Dan McCarthy provides some great insights on leadership development on his blog.
  13. Learn This: Give this blog a visit to learn to boost your productivity, career tips and of course, leadership advice.
  14. Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog: Check out this site to learn more about the latest in leadership and get tips on improving your tips from coach John Agno.

Youth and Student Leadership

If you’re still in school but want to get an early start on building your leadership confidence check out these blogs that explain how to be a leader in school and beyond.

  1. Leadership Wisconsin: While focused at the University of Wisconsin, this blog gives advice that can be useful to students anywhere.
  2. The Student Leader Think Tank: Share your ideas on this blog related to all kinds of student leadership issues.
  3. Students 2.0: Learn how you can get into leadership using the latest technologies to connect with other leaders on this blog and on sites around the world.
  4. The Apathy Myth: The youth is often depicted as not caring much about important issues, but this blog works to dispel that myth and give advice to youth leaders working to make a difference.
  5. Ed Gerety’s Dream Big Blog: Get advice from this well-known speaker on how to make your dreams a reality through great leadership and initiative.
  6. Youthmania: This blog aims to inspire youth leadership in all kinds of programs and initiatives.
  7. Studentlinc: Check out this blog for loads of guidance on becoming one of the best student leaders at campuses around the nation.
  8. Lindsay Pollak Blog: This blogger and author can help you learn how to translate those leadership skills developed at school into the workplace.
  9. The Student Affairs Collaborative Blog: Peers and professionals work together to provide information on student leadership on this blog.
  10. It’s Getting Hot in Here: Here, students and youth around the nation work to lead programs to combat global warming.
  11. Choice Words: Students who are pro-choice can share their leadership advice and experience on this activism-focused blog.
  12. A Leader’s Journal: This blogger worked hard in college and beyond to rise to a leadership position. Get his tips and advice on building your leadership repertoire on his site.
  13. Global Kid’s Online Leadership Program: Even those not yet in college can start gaining valuable leadership skills. This blog provides tips and tools for motivating kids around the world.

Community Leadership

Learn how you can take an active leadership role in your own community and make a difference at home and around the world through the advice and stories in these blogs.

  1. Servant Leadership Blog: Whether you’re serving the community through your church or through a local organization, you’ll find loads of tips on this blog on how you can be a great leader and public servant at the same time.
  2. Community Leadership Association: Check out this organization’s website to find information on building your community leadership skills.
  3. Innovate Rotary: If you work in your community through a Rotary group you can gain from the valuable tips on improving your local chapter from this blog.
  4. Outstanding Club: Find some inspirational stories on this blog as well as advice on getting involved in charitable, community work.
  5. Leadership Matters: Here you’ll find tips from the Kiwanis on being great community leaders.
  6. Leading Blog: This blog is all about changing the way people think about leadership and helping them build better leadership skills in any aspect of their lives.
  7. How to Change the World: Guy Kawasaki provides tips and advice on using technology, managing better and more to help you make waves in the world.
  8. Daily Heroes: Get inspired by the individuals this blog features, who’ve taken their leadership to the highest levels and made a big difference in their communities.
  9. Make a Difference: This blog promotes community leadership and volunteering and readers can find a lot of good tips and stories.
  10. The Change Blog: To become a better leader you have to be willing to change and develop yourself. This blog is all about making that transition and getting more out of your life.

Managing Others

Being a leader often means delegating tasks to others, ensuring everyone is on the same page, and helping keep everything under control. These bloggers hope to help you build those management skills and be a better leader.

  1. Managing Leadership: Learn how to be a great leader at the senior executive level, managing other managers.
  2. Management Craft: here you’ll find some great advice and articles about updating your management skills.
  3. CEO Blog: Jim Estill, CEO of SYNNEX shares his experiences as senior executive and provides some useful management tips.
  4. Leadership Turn: Learn how to lead your employees by doing instead of just talking through this blog focused on helping you build a great leadership style.
  5. Bird’s Eye View: Susan Willet Bird writes this blog that is all about building better communication with employees and customers.
  6. Management by Baseball: Learn some management tips from the great American sport in this blog.
  7. Agile Management Blog: Check out this blog to learn about software, leadership and more from David J. Anderson.
  8. Slacker Manager: Learn to manage better by doing less from this helpful blog.
  9. Management IQ: Business Week maintains this blog that helps managers learn to build their leadership skills and manage smarter.
  10. Management Improvement Blog: Get some advice on numerous ways you can be a better manager and run a better business from blogger John Hunter.
  11. Execupundit: Michael Wade comments on leadership and ethics in this business blog.
  12. Management Skills Blog: Share in the knowledge of Tom Foster in this blog that aims to help managers and business leaders do their jobs better than ever.
  13. Cali and Jody: These authors wrote a book on how work sucks and how you can make it better and share many of their tips on this blog.
  14. The Enlightened Manager: Don’t manage from the dark ages. Instead, take some tips from this blogger on little things you can do to improve your on-the-job performance.

Female Leadership

Women who want to build some leadership skills will enjoy these blogs.

  1. Women in the LEAD: This blog is all about bringing together women from around the world to teach them new skills, build leadership, share ideas and more.
  2. Women’s Leadership Exchange Blog: Visit this blog to read stories about how women are playing leadership roles all over the world.
  3. Future Women Leaders Blog: Start building your leadership skills today by reading this blog. It teaches women young and old how to be better and more effective leaders in work and in their communities.
  4. Speak for Success Women’s Leadership Blog: Check out this blog for posts geared towards helping women build the confidence and self-esteem they need to be powerful and effective community leaders.
  5. Women on Business: Get a female perspective on the world of business from this blog.
  6. Nina Lets It Out: Nine Simosko provides some ideas on leadership for women and men on her blog.
  7. Network Central: Women leading teams can take advantage of the insight and advice offered on this site.
  8. The Glass Hammer: This blog aims to help women break through the barriers that often keep them from taking on leadership or management roles.
  9. Savvy Leader Coaching: Through her blog, Kim McGuire wants to help coach women to be better entrepreneurs and leaders while maintaining a balanced life.
  10. Workerette: Working women can find all kinds of relevant news articles and postings on this blog.
  11. Convergence: Here you’ll find a forum where women can connect, network and share ideas about success and leadership.
  12. Executive Women 2.0: Find tips and advice on advancing your career on this blog.

Religious Leadership

If you’re actively involved in your religion and want to play a bigger leadership role within your community, check out these blogs for some tips that can help.

  1. Monday Morning Insight: This blog posts a range of religion-oriented stories, but many can be quite helpful in terms of church leadership.
  2. Gifted for Leadership: These Christian women have come together to explore how women can take on an active role as church leaders.
  3. Leading Smart: While blogger Tim Stevens focuses his leadership lessons to those working in the church, as ministers and volunteer managers, just about anyone can benefit from the lessons he shares.
  4. Learnings @ Leadership Network: Learn what leaders in other churches are doing and how you can bring these great leadership opportunities to yours.
  5. Ed Young Blog: This leader and pastor shares his thoughts on what makes great church leadership here.
  6. Next Reformation: This blogger encourages leaders in churches around the nation to keep up with the changing times.
  7. Church Leadership Conversations: Even if you’re not a major leader in your church you can learn a lot about taking on this community leadership role from this blog.
  8. Revitalize Your Church: Check out this blog to find out more about how you can work towards enlivening your religious activities.
  9. Generation Leadership: While a good portion of the posts on this blog are geared towards religious matters, the tips it provides can be useful for any person.
  10. Worship Matters: Learn how to become a better leader in your religious community from this blog.
  11. Ministry Best Practices: Geared towards those in the ministry, this blog provides advice on being better at the leadership that role requires.
  12. I Am an Offering: Whether you lead a bible study class or a whole congregation, you’ll find some great tips on leadership here.
  13. Integrate My Life: This blog deals with technology and the church. You’ll get insight on ways you can better use technology to connect your congregation, groups and the community at large.

Workplace Leadership

Check out these blogs to get some advice on being a better leader at work.

  1. The Bacharach Blog: Learn ways to be more proactive in your leadership through the posts and suggestions found in this blog.
  2. Three Star Leadership Blog: On this award-winning blog you’ll find the writings of Wally Bock, who posts on everything from being a CEO to reviews of current books.
  3. Dispatches from the New World of Work: Blogger Tom Peters provides helpful tips and suggestions on how to achieve more at work in this blog.
  4. Say Leadership Coaching: This Polynesian-themed blog may have a fun-filled look, but its content is all business, with tips on building better leadership and management skills.
  5. Leadership in Action: Don’t just sit back and expect to become a great leader. This blog explains how to get moving towards a better management style.
  6. Seth Godin’s Blog: This blog touches on a wide range of topics but gives some great insights into not only leadership but business practices in general.
  7. Sources of Insight: Here you’ll find advice on ways to be more productive, manage your own time and live a lead a life of action.
  8. Self Leadership Blog: Whether you have a great manager or an incompetent one, this blog will help you learn to be a great leader to yourself, so you can find success in any situation.
  9. Michael Lee Stallard: Michael Lee Stallard, president of E Pluribus Partners, provides his tips on improving leadership, satisfaction and engagement at work.
  10. Simplicity: Who says being a good leader has to be complicated? This blog aims to help you get more done with the barest of essentials.
  11. Plain Talk Blog: This blog is all about giving easy-to-understand insights about improving and energizing your performance at work.
  12. Business Coaching: Find hidden profits and areas where you can improve your leadership within your workplace with some help from this blogger.
  13. Stephen H Baum Leadership: From CEOs down on the chain of command, you’ll find helpful tips to get you successfully leading at work.
  14. All Things Workplace: Written by CEO Steve Rosler, this blog is full of ideas to get your not only leading better but performing your best at work in every aspect.

Team Leadership

You may be the head of the team as a leader, but these blogs can help you learn to better manage that team and increase its effectiveness.

  1. Team Orrin Woodward: This author and blogger provides news and advice on building better teams, management and businesses.
  2. Team Fusion: Leaders, managers and supervisors can gain valuable insights from this team building blog.
  3. Five Star Leader: This site is a great place to learn the skills you’ll need to guide everyone at your business to success.
  4. Business Energy: Check out this blog to learn how to avoid wasting the potential energy of your business and how to get the most out of your teams.
  5. Ask the Team Doc: Ask questions and get answers on all your team leadership issues on this blog by Denise O’Berry.
  6. Winning Workplaces: Here you can learn how to build a workplace that’s conducive to success.
  7. Doug Petch: This blogger believes that your success as a manager and business owner depends on your ability to form effective teams. Learn more on his blog.
  8. What It Takes to be a Team Leader: Learn the necessary skills and how to hone them on the job to effectively lead a team from this blog.
  9. Leading to the Side: Not in technically in charge of your team but still want to take an active role in leading things? Check out this blog for some great tips.
  10. Leadership Styles Blog: Learn all about the variety of leadership styles out there and discover which may be best to lead the team you’re in charge of.

The Well-Stocked College Fridge

When you’re stressed, frustrated, tired or just bored, there’s nothing like a handful of munchies to comfort you and release a little tension. But certain snacks are better than others when it comes to minimizing fat and calories, improving your mood, and refueling your energy. Foods that are high in sugar (besides most fruit), starches, flour and fat might give you a temporary spike, but the crash that comes later will probably make you feel worse, physically and mentally. Carbohydrates are good for giving you extra energy as you fight through a day of classes and extracurriculars, but choosing whole-wheat and fiber-packed foods will ensure that you’re body can process the carbohydrates better and that you’re getting the good stuff, too.

To make it easier to eat right, you have to surround yourself with positive foods. By eliminating bad-choice snacks, every food you reach for will be a smart option that will satiate your hunger and cravings, without bringing you down. Stock your room with foods like these to amp up energy and help you power through the day.

  • Crunchy vegetables: Baby carrots easy to eat because they don’t require any preparation, and chomping on them can help you release tension and work out your anxiety or stress. A great alternative to chips.
  • Whole wheat carbs: These carbs are packed with fiber and protein which slow the sleepy side effects of carbohydrates. Look for whole wheat crackers or even whole wheat tortilla chips and salsa. Just make sure you take out a serving and put the bag back for next time.
  • Fruit: When you want something sweet and when you’re feeling just a little hungry between meals, opt for fruit. Fruits like apples, strawberries, and melon have enough carbs and sugar to give you a boost, but they won’t make you feel sluggish or sleepy.
  • Yogurt: For added protein, dump some of your fruit into low-fat or non-fat yogurt. Buy individual snack-size packs at the grocery store or student center, or buy a bigger tub of Greek yogurt or unsweetened yogurt to dish out when you want lots of vitamins, calcium and the amino acid tyrosine, which contributes to a better mood.

What To Do When It Seems Like Your Professor Doesn’t Like You

We have all had those moments: You say something stupid in class or bomb a quiz and get that disappointed sideways glance from your professor. This is just part of being a student, and, more than likely, your professor was doing his or her best to contain any negative reactions. There is a difference, though, between that and actually feeling like your professor truly doesn’t like you. If you feel you have been treated negatively by a professor, here are a few ways to figure out how to handle it.

Reality, or just your perception?

Make sure to put things in perspective. This professor has tons of students and, believe it or not, a personal life that extends beyond her role as a professor. The chances of her actually giving you more than a fleeting thought outside of class, or even during class, are miniscule. It would be very unlikely that she actually has it out for you. Maybe you are so worried about your professor’s perception of you, that you are skewing your perception of your professor!

Do you have any concrete evidence?

If you still realistically think you professor hates you, then you need to make sure that is the case and not just his or her personality. Have your grades suffered even though you feel like you’ve put in the same amount of effort? Has the professor spoken to you in front of the class in a demeaning or unprofessional way? Does the professor tend to focus his attention on you more than other students? Take yourself out of the situation for a minute, and consider the concrete facts. Next time you’re in class, pay attention to how the professor runs the class and how he treats other students. Ask around about other people’s experience with him. If you are absolutely positive that your professor is treating you differently, you have one final thing to do before taking action…

Check yourself: Are you being the best student you could be?

Before you jump to the conclusion that your professor is purposefully conspiring against you without cause, make sure that your professor has no reason to treat you in a negative way. Are you late turning in your work? Do you talk during class or constantly check your phone? Do you ask irrelevant questions that take up half the class period? If your answer to any of these questions is even a “maybe,” then you need to check yourself before you go complaining to your department dean. Professors, whether you like them or not, should always be treated with respect. They are your superiors and hold the key to a knowledge base way beyond your own. If you feel like you have been disrespectful in any way, change your behavior immediately. True, your professor should not get away with doing any kind of major emotional harm to her students, but if all she is doing is being a little rude, keep in mind that she pretty much has the right of way when it comes to how she wants to run her class and will most likely be supported by her colleagues.

Keeping in Touch with High School Teachers and Counselors: Why You Still Need Them

You might think that keeping up with your favorite high school teachers and even school guidance counselor is juvenile, but keeping those relationships can be important to your future, too. You don’t have to visit your high school campus every time you’re back in town for the weekend, but staying in touch over e-mail, Facebook or online chat shows your appreciation for all the work your teacher did to help you get into college, and that you’re interested in staying in touch for as long as you can.

Just as your teachers were a powerful resource for you in high school, they can be instrumental in your career preparation and academic growth after graduation. Think of them as your local link back to your hometown after you’ve left: they might be able to connect you with internships, informational interview subjects, paying jobs, summer courses and programs, and other opportunities that are easy to miss out on if you live away from the city during the school year. Some of your teachers might be well-known in their field, state-wide, regionally or even nationally, and can introduce you to a whole new network of professionals and academics if you share the same interests discipline-wise.

If you relied on your high school teachers as mentors when you were still their students or still in the same school, you don’t have to give up that relationship, either. While you explore your interests in college, share your responses and questions about classes with those same teachers. They can offer perspective on applying certain courses to the real-world, give you some direction if you’re having trouble picking a major or specialty, or just indulge your desire to talk about your favorite courses. You’ll develop relationships with college professors and counselors, too, but if office hours are over, or you just want a break from the bubble, go online and see if your high school teachers are in the mood to chat, too.

101 Free Open Course Classes to Learn How to Build ANYTHING

By Sarah Russel

Open courseware classes offer an academic opportunity to anyone with a computer and the motivation to learn. Maybe literature or history isn’t your thing, though, and you would prefer a more hands-on experience. These classes offer just that with instruction from some of the finest college professors teaching how to build anything from a space shuttle to ocean vehicles to robots to theater scenery.

Aerospace Engineering

If you aim for the sky and want to learn to build airplanes or spacecrafts, then these classes will teach you how it’s done.

  1. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design. Learn the basics for aerospace design and even build a remote-controlled Lighter Than Air craft. [MIT]
  2. Unified Engineering I, II, III, & IV. This intensive class offers the basic building blocks for understanding aerospace engineering and includes plenty of videos. [MIT]
  3. Cognitive Robotics. Learn to build "autonomous systems possessing artificial reasoning skills" such as the Mars Exploration Rover. [MIT]
  4. Rocket Propulsion. Find out the basics for what makes a rocket lift off and keep going in this class. [MIT]
  5. Space Propulsion. A follow-up class to Rocket Propulsion, Space Propulsion looks mostly at the physics and engineering of various engines. [MIT]
  6. Experimental Projects I. The first of a two-part class, this course allows you to design a completely unique project. [MIT]
  7. Experimental Projects II. The second part of this class focuses on building and testing the project designed in part one of the course. [MIT]
  8. Prototyping Avionics. Learn to design, build, and debug printed-circuit-boards necessary for completion of aerospace projects. [MIT]
  9. Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping. Using rapid prototyping methods, students will design and implement their own creation. [MIT]
  10. Space Systems Engineering. This three-semester course focuses on conceiving, designing, implementing and operating a space system. This particular course focuses on the "feasibility of an electromagnetically controlled array of formation flying satellites." [MIT]
  11. Aircraft Systems Engineering. Learn how to build a space shuttle in this class that includes video lectures from guests as well as an opportunity to create new subsystem designs. [MIT]

Computer Electrical Engineering

Whether you want to learn hardware or software system design, these classes will have you on the right path.

  1. Circuits and Electronics. This introductory class provides the basic knowledge off which all other computer electrical engineering classes grow and will allow the student to build basic circuits in class. [MIT]
  2. Introduction to Electronics, Signals, and Measurement. Learn the basics of electronics with a special emphasis on signals and measurement in this class designed for those with little or no experience with electronics. [MIT]
  3. Computation Structures. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn to design digital systems, this basic course has students designing the basics for both hardware and software.
  4. Microelectronic Devices and Circuits. Learn analysis and design of microelectronic devices and circuits in this course. [MIT]
  5. Structural devices. This class teaches all you may need to know about how micro and nano devices are etched and cut out of solid materials. [The Open University]
  6. Computer System Engineering. Explore hardware and software system design through lectures, readings, and hands-on projects. [MIT]
  7. Artificial Intelligence. Learn to develop intelligent systems through this class that teaches the basics. [MIT]
  8. Introductory Analog Electronics Laboratory. Explore the "design, construction, and debugging of analog electronic circuits" in this hands-on lab where students work on several projects. [MIT]
  9. Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits. Follow up the MIT class with this one from Berkeley to build on what you learned about analog integrated circuits. [UC Berkeley]
  10. Introduction to Digital Integrated Circuits. Take this beginning course on digital integrated circuits to get a good foundation before moving to the advanced class. [UC Berkeley]
  11. Advanced Digital Integrated Circuits. After taking the introductory class, expand your knowledge of digital integrated circuits with this class. [UC Berkeley]
  12. Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory. Reportedly the most rigorous class at MIT, mastering the projects here will ensure you have a firm grasp on digital design. [MIT]
  13. Laboratory in Software Engineering. Examine concepts and techniques to learn large-scale software system engineering. [MIT]
  14. Autonomous Robot Design Competition. Learn to build an autonomous robot in this class that culminates in a competition between the robots that must not have any human intervention. [MIT]
  15. Robocraft Programming Competition. Put your game strategy to work with software engineering in this competition to determine who builds the best program for Robocraft. [MIT]

Mechanical Engineering

From Lego robots to yachts, these classes will have you building a wide range of cool items.

  1. Lego Robotics. Design, build, and program robots using Legos as well as additional parts to aid in functionality. [MIT]
  2. Toy Product Design. Learn to design and prototype toys in the mechanical engineering class. [MIT]
  3. Introduction to Robotics. Design and build your own robotic system in this class. [MIT]
  4. People-centred designing. Explore the possibilities of designing products with the way humans will interact with them in hopes of improving the development of anything you may design. [The Open University]
  5. Design Principles for Ocean Vehicles. Study the techniques for designing an ocean vehicle that can withstand the force and load inherent in its use. [MIT]
  6. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: The Art and Science of Boat Design. This hands-on class teaches the aesthetics as well as the mechanics of designing a boat. [MIT]
  7. Sailing Yacht Design. Use computer aided design (CAD) to design a working sailing yacht in this class. [MIT]
  8. Offshore Moorings. Learn to design effective offshore moorings systems and be ready to put this knowledge to work with an offshore mooring design team. [Delft University of Technology]
  9. Design of dredging equipment. Study how dredging equipment works in order to be able to design quality dredging equipment with the project in this class. [Delft University of Technology]
  10. Biomedical Devices and Design. Develop new products from concept to prototype testing with the assistance of MGH doctors. [MIT]
  11. Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation. Learn how to design and build a pressurized agricultural irrigation system in this class. [Utah State University]
  12. Surface Irrigation Design. A companion course to Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation, this course focuses on designing a surface irrigation system. [Utah State University]


While most of you may not be planning to build DNA, the following classes instruct industrious learners on such biological building experiences as medical devices, viruses, stem cells, pharmaceuticals, and even DNA.

  1. Introduction to Bioengineering. Learn the basics of bioengineering in this class that starts students on the path of one of may areas of bioengineering. [MIT]
  2. Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering. Experiment with biochemical and molecular techniques to learn the basics of biological engineering. [MIT]
  3. Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiology: DNA Repair. Students learn about DNA repair and how it benefits the human body. [MIT]
  4. Design of Medical Devices and Implants. Through projects, students learn about ways to design medical devices and implants including orthopedic devices, soft tissue implants, artificial organs, and dental implants. [MIT]
  5. Biomedical Information Technology. Complete a major project designing an information system for biological and medical data in this class. [MIT]
  6. Nano-life: An Introduction to Virus Structure and Assembly. Study the make-up of viruses and learn the structure of many well-studied pathogens. [MIT]
  7. Antibiotics, Toxins, and Protein Engineering. Examine the mechanisms of antibiotics and toxins and learn protein engineering to create new treatments for diseases. [MIT]
  8. The Fountain of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem Cells. Students study the history of cloning and embryonic cell research as well as approaches that can help patients with generation of stem cells. [MIT]
  9. Principles of Drug Development. Look at preclinical and clinical development of pharmaceuticals as well as examine the benefits, risks, and economic impact of these developments. [Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health]
  10. Principles and Practice of Drug Development. Study the basics of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical discovery, development, and manufacturing. [MIT]

Urban Development

Maybe building a city is your thing. These classes will help you learn how to build transportation, cities, and water infrastructure in developing countries.

  1. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis. Students will learn how to complete a mapping/analysis project using GIS skills acquired in this class. [Tufts University]
  2. A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems. This class should be a good complement with the introduction class from Tufts. Expand your skills using GIS software. [MIT]
  3. Introduction to Urban Design and Development. Learn the basics about the structure and potential changes within urban areas. [MIT]
  4. CityScope: New Orleans. Using the city of New Orleans, learn to assess and design strategies to help solve urban planning problems. [MIT]
  5. Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design. Student projects are the culmination of this class that looks at the blending of the urban environment and nature. [MIT]
  6. Urban Design Seminar. Physical and social concerns are at the heart of this seminar which has students designing their own cities. [MIT]
  7. Urban Transportation Planning. Get an introduction to planning and designing transportation systems in metropolitan areas with Boston as an example. [MIT]
  8. The end of the road?. Study road deterioration and ways to combat this problem by examining road materials, structures, and sustainability. [The University of Nottingham]
  9. Revitalizing Urban Main Streets. Learn about both the physical and economic aspects of urban renewal in this class. [MIT]
  10. Water and Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries. Upon completing this class, students will be able to create simple yet reliable water supply and sanitation systems for developing countries. [MIT]


If you never fulfilled your architecture career dreams in college, you can learn to build homes, offices, or large-scale buildings in these architecture classes.

  1. Architectural Design, Level I: Perceptions and Process. Learn the basics of getting ideas drawn with this introductory architecture class. [MIT]
  2. Architectural Design, Level II: The Glass House. A follow-up class to Level I, this class examines getting designs built. [MIT]
  3. Architectural Design, Level III: A Student Center for MIT. This class offers students an opportunity to conceptualize and design a student center while taking into consideration the human aspect of the needs of the design process. [MIT]
  4. Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes A. Through drawings and models, learn to build within a landscape. [MIT]
  5. Architecture Studio: Building in Landscapes B. This class was offered at the same time as part A and has some overlap, but the projects are different and it is recommended that students study both classes in tandem. [MIT]
  6. Urban Design Studio: Providence. Students learn to identify the areas that need change within a city, design, and plan the changes through a class project. [MIT]
  7. Ecuador Workshop. Design, draw, model, and participate in the completion of a children’s community center in Guayaquil, Ecuador. [MIT]
  8. Nature and the Built Environment. Study the history of humanities creations, then contemplate the future of design and building with sustainability as a point of reference. [Notre Dame]
  9. Sustainable Design and Technology Workshop. Design your own solution to creating a sustainable environment in this class. [MIT]
  10. Architectural Design Workshops: Computational Design for Housing. This intensive 9-day project working with students in Japan utilize student-created software to design a small housing project. [MIT]
  11. Building Technology Laboratory. This hands-on lab allows students to work through both models and full-scale projects focusing on various aspects of building design. [MIT]
  12. Digital Mock-up Workshop. Using digital modeling, learn to build large-scale prototypes and digital mock-ups with the assistance of outside designers. [MIT]


From making furniture to a film for social change to props for a theatrical production, these courses will teach you how to build with an artistic flair.

  1. Furniture Making. Study the history of furniture making, then design and build a functional piece of furniture of your own creation. [MIT]
  2. Introduction to Sculpture. Using a variety of mediums, students will learn about sculpture as well as create a piece of their own. [MIT]
  3. Creating musical sound. This class makes a scientific exploration of the many ways sound is made on musical instruments. [The Open University]
  4. Introduction to Photography. Through several student projects, learn the basics of photography, including processing and printing your own images. [MIT]
  5. Introduction to Photography and Related Media. Another chance to learn the basics of photography, this class specifically focuses on brain cognition as represented in photography.
  6. Introduction to Video. Learn about video recording and editing and about telling a story through videography in this course. [MIT]
  7. Advanced Projects in the Visual Arts: Personal Narrative. Continuing from Introduction to Video, this class helps students learn about creating a movie through exploring narrative in cinema via student projects. [MIT]
  8. Producing Films for Social Change. Students will create a film promoting positive social change in this class based on the production and editorial skills gained in the class. [Tufts University]
  9. Studio Seminar in Public Art. Learn about creating permanent displays for public art and design and implement your own in this course. [MIT]
  10. Introduction to Stagecraft. This theater class teaches students in a hands-on environment how to make such items as a hand-blown glass, chain mail, and a variety of costume and furniture pieces. [MIT]
  11. Costume Design for the Theater. Study costume design and the psychology of clothing in this intermediate-level course. [MIT]
  12. Design for the Theater: Scenery. Analyze five works and create scenery for each in this class. [MIT]
  13. Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects. Examine the structural and practical needs of a set and work on your own design project. [MIT]

Media Arts

If you want to learn how to build with the cutting edge of technology, then these college classes will help you out with ideas that range from holographs to websites to Flash projects.

  1. Holographic Imaging. Learn the science behind holographs as well as how to create your own in this class. [MIT]
  2. Ambient Intelligence. Study Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and then create your own project for a piece of technology. [MIT]
  3. Relational Machines. Social psychology, human-computer interaction, and design come together in this course where students design their own interactive robot. [MIT]
  4. Learn and Apply HTML. Get the basics of HTML here so you can build a website without needing expensive software. [Utah State University]
  5. Blender 3D Design. Learn to create 3D designs by using Blender software in this class that explores modeling and animation. [Tufts University]
  6. Interactive Multimedia Production. Learn to build a Flash 9 project in this class that starts with the fundamentals. [Utah State University]
  7. Flash. Using Flash 8, learn how to create a project for your portfolio. [Utah State University]
  8. Workshop I. This Comparative Media workshop allows students to create and develop their own project. [MIT]
  9. Blogs, Wikis, New Media for Learning. Get the basics for many different web 2.0 technologies in this class. [Utah State University]
  10. Designing the user interface: text, colour, images, moving images and sound. Learn the best way to incorporate these elements so that users can best interact with the website or software in question. [The Open University]


These classes don’t really fit into any one category, but are well worth checking out. From electronic devices anyone can make to chemical creations in the kitchen to wheelchairs for people in developing countries, you can learn how to build a wide variety of items here.

  1. How to Make (Almost) Anything. Using several types of CAD/CAM machines, learn how to make almost anything in this hands-on class. [MIT]
  2. How to Learn (Almost) Anything. Another hands-on class, this one looks at the other side of creating by examining learning. Once you learn, you can build. [MIT]
  3. Practical Electronics. Anyone can create practical electronic devices after taking this class that teaches how to create such items as remote controls, timers and clocks, and light or sound activated devices. [MIT]
  4. Kitchen Chemistry. This hands-on approach to chemistry puts students in the kitchen creating culinary treats while observing the principles of chemistry. [MIT]
  5. Advanced Kitchen Chemistry. Follow Kitchen Chemistry with this advanced course to learn more about chemistry, experimentation, and food. [MIT]
  6. D-Lab: Development, Design, and Dissemination. Students travel to underdeveloped countries where they learn about the people and the culture, then design and build a functional device tailored for the needs of that country. [MIT]
  7. Design for Demining. This class teaches students how to design and build devices to safely detonate land mines. [MIT]
  8. Wheelchair Design for Developing Countries. Learn to design and produce wheelchairs for those in developing countries while gaining an understanding for operating environments, social stigmas, and more that may currently prohibit their use. [MIT]