SolPowerPeople's FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), is designed for anyone and everyone interested in the Solar PV Industry, especially for those who seek NABCEP, Rise, or UL Certification. This is a very collaborative effort amongst leading professionals in the solar industry, and all the active participants from around the world. The #SolarMOOC's structure, Newsletters, live lectures, and guidance is delivered by SolPowerPeople as way to help empower the masses with solar knowledge in a fun, interactive, collaborative, organic, free way.
Join the FREE #SolarMOOC Academy at anytime, and participate as much as you want.
1. Enroll in the #SolarMOOC Academy by clicking on the "Enroll Here" button on the right and filling out the form.
You will receive a confirmation email, invitations to live online lectures, and our topic Newsletters containing recorded lectures, additional resources, and useful links.
2. Utilize social media to help grow the course organically, collaborate with other participants, and make connections in the solar industry
Tweet #SolarMOOC, share any and all course materials on Facebook and LinkedIn, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and immerse yourself into a worldwide network of solar professionals, experts, and enthusiasts.
3. You can also subscribe to the SolPowerPeople Blog, interact and collaborate on the Forum, and immerse yourself into this ever-growing solar community.
With well over 3,000 participants from all over the world, the #SolarMOOC is providing a FREE solar education to people from over 130 different countries, and
48 of the 50 states in the USA.
World MAP of #SolarMOOC Participants
U.S. Map of #SolarMOOC Participants
Feel free to Contact Us with any questions and learn more about the mechanics of a MOOC, and the history the #SolarMOOC in the next tabs.
The #SolarMOOC began in March 2012 and was designed as a 23-day NABCEP PV Installer Exam Prep Course for those planning to sit for the exam. The absolutely free course featured prominent solar industry professionals as guest lecturers, reading assignments, problem sets, critical resources, participant collaboration, spontaneous study sessions, and daily informative newsletters. All of the materials and lectures generated during this MOOC can be accessed in the #SolarMOOC Archive.
The success from March's #SolarMOOC gave rise for the expansion into something much larger, The #SolarMOOC Academy.
The continuation of the #SolarMOOC began April 12, 2012 with the launching of the #SolarMOOC Academy. The Academy features weekly FREE online live lectures from solar-industry subject matter experts covering various solar-related topics. These online lectures are offered live and allow participants to ask questions to these solar experts via webex. The presentations are recorded and released in a Newsletter and Archived for everyone to access at anytime.
A Massive open online course (MOOC) is a course where the participants are distributed and course materials also are dispersed across the web. This is possible only if the course is open, and works significantly better if the course is large. The course is not a gathering, but rather a way of connecting distributed instructors and learners across a common topic or field of discourse. MOOCs are a more recent form of online course development, departing from formats that rely on posted resources, Learning Management Systems, and structures that mix the LMS with more open web resources.
MOOCs are founded on the theory of connectivism and an open pedagogy based on networked learning. Typically, participation in a MOOC is free; however, some MOOCs may charge a fee in the form of tuition if the participant seeks some form of accreditation. Although the courses generally do not have specific requirements all MOOCs provide rough timelines in the form of weekly topics to focus discussion. The rest of the structure can be minimal - often consisting of a weekly presentation on the current topic, discussion questions, and suggested resources. In recognition that those attending a MOOC are expected to make the course their own, guidance tends to focus on allowing curriculum and structure to emerge from the exchange between participants. Posting in discussions, reflecting on topical ideas, and sharing resources using a variety of social media are at the core of the MOOC learning process.