Core online courses, starting with the clean energy policy course in August, are all organized into "modules." A module is a week's worth of course material.
Modules become accessible on Monday mornings, and participants have a week to go through the materials and assignments. Course materials remain accessible throughout the entire duration of the certificate to allow course participants to return to previous weeks.
Each weekly module generally requires:
- Watching up to one hour of recorded multimedia;
- Spending two to three hours working, individually or in groups, on assignments and readings; and
- Participating in a one-hour long virtual classroom.
Recorded multimedia may be video lectures; interviews; audio files; or other types of media. Assignments may include reading of academic or grey literature; qualitative and quantitative problem sets and quizzes; weekly writing assignments responding to prompts from videos or debating topics with peers on an online forum; and longer graded writing or modeling projects.
Where assignments are given to a group, course participants will have to coordinate with their teammates using whatever communication method they prefer to deliver it on time. The grade the group receives will be shared among team members.
Weekly live sessions are mandatory and held through Zoom. Zoom is a webinar-hosting and online meeting tool. A live session may be a lecture from Yale faculty, a Q&A on homework, a webinar presentation with a guest expert, or even a small group discussion during office hours.
All cohort-wide live sessions are held at noon EST on Thursdays except for Thanksgiving Week. Some smaller group sessions such as optional office hours in the Technology Transitions and Renewable Energy Project Finance course may be held at different times, which are announced based on speakers and instructors' availability.
All live sessions, whether weekly mandatory sessions or optional office hours are recorded and posted on Canvas for the cohort to refer to.