Solar Energy Education & Training Best Practices #3: Developing a Quality Course

IREC assembled some of the best experts in the country on solar training, education, and workforce development to create this compendium of Best Practices.  The documents were thoughtfully designed to give solar instructors the right tools for the job of training a highly skilled, globally competitive solar energy workforce for the 21st Century. This suite of Best Practices documents builds on IREC’s earlier versions of Best Practices from 2008 and 2010.


This third installment of the Solar Energy Education & Training Best Practices: The Series explores the process of developing a quality course, unit, or lesson and the instructional models and practices that can be used for solar education and training. It includes a discussion of the broad concept of a systematic program plan and how to use instructional systems design (ISD) to develop such a plan. It shows how one type of ISD model — Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation (ADDIE) — can be used to design and develop a course or workshop.

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