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Open Entry/Open Exit, Hybrid, Online, Self-Paced Photonics Faculty Development Course


OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, is a National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center of Excellence with the mission of promoting photonics education and assisting colleges around the country in developing and implementing educational programs that support expansion of this critical new technology. As part of our efforts to provide faculty development in optics and photonics, OP-TEC offers a hybrid, online faculty development course. The Open Entry/Open Exit course has been developed for faculty whose schedules demand a more flexible course timeline. It is perfect for busy faculty who might have difficulty keeping up with weekly assignments in a "scheduled" course but who would have a period or periods of time during the semester or school year that would allow them to complete assignments and exams independently and at their own pace. This online course is being offered at no charge to U.S. high school, community college and technical college faculty interested in teaching a basic photonics course. The course is facilitated by an instructor experienced in teaching photonics concepts at the college level and will require a high level of independent self-paced instruction. The course will cover OP-TEC’s Fundamentals of Light and Lasers. Fundamentals of Light and Lasers Modules: Module 1:Nature and Properties of Light; Module 2:Optical Handling and Positioning; Module 3: Light Sources and Laser Safety; Module 4: Basic Geometrical Optics; Module 5: Basic Physical Optics; Module 6: Principles of Lasers. The six modules will be completed online and through email with the instructor. After successful completion of all six modules, participants will spend a 3-day Capstone Experience at an OP-TEC partner college where they will have the opportunity to conduct laboratory experiments included in the course and discuss with experienced instructors best practices for teaching the materials. Participants who successfully complete the online course and the 3-day laboratory session will receive a certificate of completion from OP-TEC. Participants may also apply for 9 CEUs from an OP-TEC partner college. Event Cost: The online course is offered at no charge. Participants will be responsible for all travel and lodging expenses to attend the 3-day Capstone Laborato Organization Info: National Center for Optics and Photonics Education www.op-tec.org


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Faculty Development
Optics And Photonics



Target Audience

Four Year College/University
High School
Two Year College

Start Date

Monday, August 20, 2012

End Date

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time (North America)

Presented By

National Center for Optics and Photonics Education



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