Hybrid, Online Courses for Optics & Photonics Education
As part of our efforts to provide faculty development in optics and photonics, OP-TEC has developed a hybrid, online faculty development course. This course is being offered at no charge to high school, community college and technical college faculty interested in teaching a basic photonics course. This course covers OP-TEC’s Fundamentals of Light and Lasers and is taught online followed by a 3-day hands-on laboratory session in June 2017 at an OP-TEC partner college. This Open Entry/Open Exit course is open September 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
OP-TEC offers advanced courses for completers of the Fundamentals of Light and Lasers prerequisite. Please contact us for information on the “Laser Systems and Applications” and “Quality Assurance of Precision Optics” courses.
In an effort to support and promote the inclusion of optics and photonics
applications in secondary and postsecondary programs, OP-TEC offers a free
two-day Workshop on Optics and Photonics Education. This workshop informs
participants about opportunities to create new secondary-to-postsecondary
programs in photonics and/or to infuse optics and photonics instruction into
existing technical programs and courses in math, science and technologies
enabled by photonics.
Next Workshop: Fall 2016 in the northeastern U.S. Date and location TBD
Short webinars offer appropriate, flexible, access to experts through well-prepared video presentations. Many webinars, hosted by photonics trade magazines, professional societies and NSF-sponsored grantees are free. Webinars on important topics that are not readily available are developed and produced by the national and regional photonics centers (OP-TEC, LASER-TEC, and MPEC).
OP-TEC offers a hybrid, online course that provides a base for developing a basic understanding of optics and photonics. This course will enhance the skills of technicians already employed in photonics related industries and provide technicians retraining into these industries a quicker path for becoming fully work ready.
The PHOTON projects of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) use photonics and optics as a vehicle for improving secondary and post-secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, while also setting students on real career paths encompassing several academic degree levels. The programs focus on developing field-tested student-centered educational materials, providing science and technology teacher professional development, and facilitating relationships between academia and local industry.
Professional societies such as the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Laser Institute of America (LIA), Optical Society of America (OSA) and IEEE Photonics Society provide a variety of faculty development opportunities.
View a list of OP-TEC’s professional society partners. Then, visit each society’s website for additional information on faculty development opportunities, short courses and more!
www.Teaching Technicians.org is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is dedicated to providing technician educators an opportunity to take advantage of the exemplary professional development opportunities provided by NSF grantees. This website links technician educators with state-of-the-art faculty development in advanced & emerging technologies, teaching methods, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
View a complete listing of OP-TEC events. OP-TEC also includes listings for other photonics-and education-related events and conferences.