Core Courses Structure

Core Courses Structure

Core online courses, starting with the clean energy policy course in August, are all organized into "modules." A module is a week worth of course material.

Typical Week

Modules will become accessible on Monday mornings, and participants will have a week to go through the materials and assignments. Course materials will remain accessible throughout the entire duration of the certificate to allow course participants to return to previous weeks.

Each weekly module will generally require:

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 group 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.

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Live Online Sessions

Weekly live sessions will be held through Zoom or another similar webinar-hosting tool. A live session may be a small group discussion, a lecture, a Q&A, or a webinar presentation with a guest expert.

All cohort-wide live sessions will be held at noon EST on Thursdays. Some smaller group sessions may be held at different times, which will be announced based on speakers and instructors' availability.

Learn about core courses content here.