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MCC offers open, online energy course

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:53 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Learn more about energy resources, consumption and conservation with the next Massive Open Online Course offered by McHenry County College.

The Fundamentals of Energy Resources class takes place from May 19 through June 16 and is a free, online class that is open to anyone living anywhere in the world. The course is free and is self-paced and features self-graded quizzes and easy-to-follow content.

Lessons include video lectures, interactive online discussions and assigned projects. Students will receive a certificate after a successful completion.

Fundamentals of Energy Resources highlights how we acquire and use energy resources, how national and global consumption patterns change, and why it is important to use our energy sources wisely. Both non-renewable and renewable energy sources are examined in this course.

McHenry County College is the first and only community college in Illinois to currently offer MOOCs. Last year, the college offered two MOOCs, the first one on online reputation and the second on chemistry.

“Anyone interested in energy resources, our insatiable consumption of gasoline, natural gas and electricity, as well as the associated social and environmental repercussions of our energy addiction, should consider taking this MOOC,” said Ted Erski, earth science instructor at MCC who is teaching this course.

Erski teaches energy studies, the earth sciences, and geography at MCC. Recent work includes his textbook Energy Resources, designing and constructing an axial flux alternator for student lab investigations, and participating in a grant sponsored by the Illinois Green Energy Network to install a 92 kW photovoltaic array at MCC.

To register for this free course, visit https:\\www.canvas.net/courses/fundamentals-of-energy-resources for details. For more information about this course or other online programs at MCC, contact Raymond L. Lawson, Ed.D, director of Online Learning and Educational Technology at rlawson@mchenry.edu or (815) 479-7573.  

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