Call for Professional MOOCs 2016

Sustainable energy requires sustainable life-long learning


Educational products and services are just as vital to achieving a sustainable energy future as other innovative products, systems or services. Our 2016 Call for Professional MOOCs proposals reflects this need for effective, life-long learning.

If you have a business idea linked to a quality educational product or service in sustainable energy, but need additional funding and a network of partners to develop it, then this call is for you. Note that as well as being a pure, fee-based online offering, the Professional MOOC can also include products or services offered on-campus or on-site at companies. Blended courses combining virtual tutoring classes or coaching services with traditional teaching are also welcome.

A Professional MOOC proposal should address at least one of the educational topics.

It will be assessed for its:

  • Potential business opportunity
  • Educational ambition and quality
  • Financial and operational viability
  • Fit with KIC InnoEnergy’s overriding objective of connecting the ‘knowledge triangle’, i.e. innovation, education and entrepreneurship.


Benefits of participation

  • Funding for development of your Professional MOOC that hedges the risk of your own investment.
  • Commercialisation through KIC InnoEnergy online learning MOOC website ( and other communication channels where the product or service could be delivered or offered.
  • Access to KIC InnoEnergy’s European sustainable energy network, including leading players from academia, industry and research, as well as a large number of start-ups. All are focused on developing sustainable energy businesses in a creative collaborative environment.


Who can apply?


Any organisation (university, research institute or company) * with fresh ideas on how to develop a Professional MOOC or related learning product or service is invited to submit a proposal, in-line with KIC InnoEnergy’s educational topics. The applying consortium must include partners with the required expertise, i. e., both thematic and online course development, to fulfil the intended goal of the course. If some of the required expertise is lacking, KIC InnoEnergy can recommend additional partners to fulfil the goal and the needed pre-requisites for the proposal to be elected. Individual organisations can also apply to this call.

* Proposals can be submitted either by KIC InnoEnergy formal, associate or project partners, or by organisations that are not currently partners of KIC InnoEnergy.


Pre-requisites of the educational proposal

  • All submitted proposals must include a convincing approach to commercialise the course as well as a clearly defined return on investment (ROI) aligned with KIC InnoEnergy’s strategy.
  • The course is based on a Professional MOOC. Additional educational products or services can be offered online, on campus or on-site at companies. Blended courses may thus be submitted, offered in combination with virtual tutoring classes, coaching services, or additional in-place or online learning tools such as remote laboratories.
  • At least one of the partners must have previous experience in the development of MOOCs or similar online courses. If none of the partners has the expertise required, KIC InnoEnergy can recommend additional partners or subcontractors to fulfil the goal and the needed requisites for the proposal to be elected.
  • The course must be delivered on the KIC InnoEnergy online learning website ISE - The Institute of Sustainable Energy, for commercialisation.
  • The educational product should not exceed 1.5 ECTS or 40 student learning hours.


What is a MOOC? 


A MOOC is an educational offer and abbreviation for ‘Massive Open Online Course’:

  • Massive in the sense that attendance is not limited.
  • Open since it can be accessed by anyone anywhere as long as they have an Internet connection.
  • Online since it offers interaction possibilities such as social media channels, forums, blogs or RSS feeds to build a learning community.
  • Course materials can include videos, readings and other elements structured around a set of learning goals in a defined area of study.
  • Includes assessment or evaluation, self-assessment or peer assessment.
  • Can sometimes be offered with virtual tutoring classes or even with a blended learning model.


What is a Professional MOOC?


MOOCs are well known for being free-of-charge, high-quality online educational offerings from universities. Professional MOOCs, on the other hand, are fee-based, high-quality courses driven by inspiring professors and industry experts. Professional MOOCs pursue the goal of financial sustainability, for both KIC InnoEnergy and developing partners.

Professional MOOCs help us better promote continuous life-long learning, serving individuals who use online courses to advance their careers as well as organisations that support the continuous learning of their workforce.

Professional MOOC courses cover the areas of sustainable energy, innovation and entrepreneurship. See our educational topics to find out more.

Courses should be delivered on our e-learning website The Institute of Sustainable Energy. . They can be made openly available to the public or with restricted access in a private section customised for our customers.


How to find out more


Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more. Contact details here.