Does everyone even know what a MOOC is? It sounds like a cow that got cut off halfway through a speech. But it also means Massive Open Online Course (M-O-O-C). It is around this point that the gamers in the room say, “wait a second…” and indeed, the term is pulled from the gaming terminology MMORPGs. It is an entirely online collections of course offerings, usually sourced from Universities and professors who donate their time and teaching materials to educate people in an open environment – meaning that its free to everyone, with no requirements, no fee and no application process. Surprising no one, this makes MOOC’s very popular and there are often massive numbers of people participating, from hundreds to hundreds of thousands. Impressive, no?
If you’re one of the few who don’t like throwing fifty thousand dollars at schools for a masters (or a nice fat $100,000 check for those MBA schools), or even a few thousand dollars for a class at the local university… MOOCs can help you simply demonstrate your interest in energy, or become familiar with sustainble business principles. Its free and can give you the light touch you need to get involved in a subject for the first time.
So who exactly will find MOOC’s most valuable?
MOOCs have some implications for learning – it attracts and is best for students that are SELF-MOTIVATED, who benefit from COMMUNITY LEARNING and from a STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM. If you like working in a dynamic and flexible learning environment and require an interactive teacher…this is really not for you.
The most popular MOOC sites are Coursera, Udacity and EDX – Below, I’ve listed out the energy and sustainability coursers that are currently available on Coursera and will add Udacity and EDX as they become available. Take a class, spread the renewable energy love and let’s make the world a better place, shall we?
If you have any experience with MOOCs yourself, please share them! AND if you hear of other MOOCs or any one off courses that are being run on renewable energy or sustainable business, please post the link in the comments and I will feature them here.
Verified Certificates: some courses allow you to earn a verified certificate from the school that offers the course as opposed from a mere statement of accomplishment from Coursera. This can be a resume booster or a way for job-seekers or grad student prospects to showcase interest in a specific school or subject. It costs money, but if you area planning to finish the course and do the work, it is often worth it.
All of these courses are also available on Coursera’s mobile apps – available for Apple iPhone, iPad, and Android, which makes it convenient for folks like me that are watching videos on the commute to work and back.
- Fundamentals of the Global Energy Business [University of Colorado System] – 6 Weeks starting October 20, 2014
- Wind, Waves and Tides: Alternative Energy Systems [University of Toronto] – 7 Weeks starting October 11, 2014
- Our Energy Future [University of California, San Diego] – 10 Weeks starting September 21, 2014
- Energy and the Earth [University of Wisconsin-Madison] – 4 weeks starting July 1, 2015
- Energy 101 [Georgia Institute of Technology]
- Global Sustainable Energy: Past Present and Future [University of Florida]
- Energy, the Environment and Out Future [University of Pennsylvania]
- Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There [University of Michigan]
- Organic Solar Cell – Theory and Practice [Technical University of Denmark]