by John Ferrare, Enerdynamics CEO
As online training becomes increasingly popular – and more effective – there are several questions I’m often asked about Enerdynamics’ online training program. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer some FAQs. As always, if you have specific questions you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-765-5432.
How Our Courses Are Structured
Enerdynamics now has seven full-length online courses available to its customers. These courses are:
- Electric Industry Overview (Canadian version also available)
- Electric Market Dynamics
- Electric System Fundamentals
- Energy Regulation Fundamentals
- Gas Industry Overview (Canadian version also available)
- Gas Market Dynamics
- Renewable Energy Overview
We’ve learned a lot about online training since our first effort, and I’m proud to say that each course is better than the last. Each full-length course comprises multiple modules with each module taking between 30 and 75 minutes to complete. Each module concludes with a quiz that has a passing score of 70%. Once a participant has viewed each module and passed each quiz, he or she is able to download a certificate of completion for that course. Administrators are able to track progress throughout a course and can see what modules have been completed and passed.
To make our courseware even more flexible, each course’s individual modules are also available as short courses. These short courses, which address a particular topic such as “the electric delivery system” or “solar power,” are becoming more and more popular with many clients.
How Our Courses Are Delivered
If your organization has its own Learning Management System (LMS) you can load Enerdynamics’ courses and deliver them as you would any of your own. Each of our courses is SCORM-compliant, and so far each has worked with every client-based LMS we’ve attempted.
If your company does not have its own LMS, a simple and cost-effective solution is to run the courses through Enerdynamics’ LMS. You will be provided a username and password for each subscription purchased. You will also be assigned administrator access to your purchased subscriptions and can use our LMS to assign them to your employees. If you choose, an automated e-mail will be sent to each employee notifying him or her of the course registration and providing instructions on how to log in. Once an employee logs in and activates a course, he or she has 45 days to complete a full-length course or 15 days to complete a short course. The administrator can also use our LMS to view employee progress and download a variety of usage reports.
How Our Courses Are Priced
There are two ways to purchase Enerdynamics’ courses: subscription-based or site license. Subscription-based means you purchase bulk subscriptions that are then assigned to your employees. As with any bulk purchase, the more you buy the lower the cost per subscription. Discounts can be significant for companies buying large numbers of subscriptions, which can make online training even more of a bargain. You can take advantage of subscription-based pricing using our LMS or your own. If you run the courses on your own LMS you just need to provide Enerdynamics a usage report on a monthly or quarterly basis.
You may also purchase a site license, which gives your employees full access to a given course or courses for a specific length of time, typically one to three years. Site license prices are determined according to the number of employees who have access to a course, and this pricing model takes into account that only a small percentage of any employee population is likely to view a specific course. There are discounts for purchasing multiple courses and/or multiple years. A site license purchase can only be run on your company’s own LMS.
How Our Courses Are Different
As mentioned above, I truly believe each course we produce is better than the last. All courses are interactive, interesting, professionally narrated, and include trackable assessments – all the elements that are essential to a quality online product. Training professionals are welcome to a complimentary preview of any of our online courses. Please contact me to set this up or for more information about our online training program. And my personal thanks to those who have made this curriculum so successful!