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.
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
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
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
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,
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.