Transforming Expectations with Interactive Learning
Minas Energy has already trialled the course with master’s level and engineering students at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia for feedback and used the initial comments to further refine the content. The next step is to find partner institutions that want to include the course in their curriculums.
“The D2L platform is such a powerful tool for interactive learning,” says Peters. “It’s not just about the course material—as an instructor, you can post new and different items every day and monitor your class’s progress. The ability to manage assignments, discussion boards and quizzes within a single platform makes learning truly interactive.”
Initial feedback from students has been positive; they enjoy the interactivity of the content, as a contrast from traditional textbook-based teaching methods.
“During this project, there were really two moments that stood out for me,” says John Woods, vice-president of energy development at Minas Energy. “The first was D2L’s demonstration to our team on what we could do with the platform and we suddenly realized the potential to build a really innovative and interactive learning experience.
“The second was the reaction from users when we started rolling out the Renewable Energy Project Development Toolkit. People were genuinely impressed. They were saying things like ‘I didn’t realize we could learn this way,’ and ‘I didn’t know this kind of platform even existed.’ It really confirmed that we made the right decision to explore this new business model.”
Training Learners to Become Leaders
With the D2L platform in place, Minas Energy is eager to work with higher education institutions, associations, and municipalities to educate and certify learners in renewable energy. The ultimate goal is to share the company’s hard-earned knowledge about how to build and support sustainable energy projects—a topic that becomes ever more critical for the future of the planet.
“We’re hearing credible predictions from pundits that global energy production is likely to peak around 2035,” says Woods. “Transitioning to renewable energy is going to be an absolute necessity. The course we’ve built will give our learners the knowledge they need to become leaders, transforming their industries and communities and building a more sustainable future.”