FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHT AND LASERS SELF-PACED ONLINE OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COURSE WITH OPTIONAL HANDS-ON LABORATORY EXPERIENCE
The National Center for Optics and Photonic Education (OP-TEC), is a National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center of Excellence with the mission of promoting photonics education and assisting colleges around the United States in developing and implementing educational programs that support expansion of this critical technology.
OP-TEC offers a hybrid, online faculty development course in optics and photonics. This 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. It is also an excellent opportunity for junior faculty, adjunct faculty, and lab technicians who may need to prepare to teach a college level or dual credit introductory photonics, optics, or lasers course.
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 will cover OP-TEC's Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, 2nd Ed. (2013) text. Modules Include: Nature and Properties of Light, Optical Handling and Positioning, Light Sources and Laser Safety, Basic Geometrical Optics, Basic Physical Optics, and Principles of Lasers. Supplementary videos and tutorials are available for enrolled instructors.
The course is facilitated by instructors experienced in teaching photonics concepts at the college level and will require a high level of independent self-paced instruction. The six modules will be completed online and through email with the instructor. Though this course is self-paced, participants must pass all six End of Module tests by May 31, 2018 to be eligible to attend the Capstone Laboratory Experience or receive a certificate of completion.
After successful completion of all six modules by May 31, 2018, participants will be invited to participate in a 3-day Capstone Laboratory Experience at an OP-TEC partner college. The June 2018 capstone will provide participants the opportunity to conduct most of the laboratory experiments included in the course and discuss with experienced instructors best practices for teaching the materials. Capstone dates and travel information will be provided to enrolled faculty in January 2018.
Participants who successfully complete the online course and the 3-day hands-on laboratory session will receive a certificate of completion and may apply for CEUs from an OP-TEC partner college. Participants who successfully complete the online portion of the course only, may request a certificate of completion for the online portion.
No tuition or materials fees! Participants will be responsible for travel, lodging, and meals for the 3-day lab session in June 2018. Limited capstone travel assistance may become available in the spring term for those with need (applicants who would like to be considered for assistance should note such in the "Comments" field of the online application form).
Applications are accepted online. For more information and registration, please visit http://www.op-tec.org/faculty, call 254-751-9000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM
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