One way of remaining marketable during an industry downturn is to increase your knowledge. IFP School, touted the French-leading graduate university for energy and transportation professions, is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specializing in oil and gas.
MOOCs became a popular option a few years ago for individuals who were seeking education at no cost. MOOCs are free web-based distance learning programs open to anyone. Several reputable institutions of higher education, including the University of Texas System and Duke University, have offered MOOCs. Globally, MOOCs garnered attention as well.
Developed by IFP School, coordinated by IFP Training and supported by Total S.A., the MOOC “Oil and Gas: From Exploration to Distribution” is aimed at anyone with at least one or two years of higher education interested in the oil and gas sector and related professions. The MOOC lasts four weeks, with two hours of work per week. A certificate of achievement is awarded upon successful completion.
IFP School launched its first MOOC on sustainable mobility in November 2014.
“This second MOOC, ‘Oil and Gas: From Exploration to Distribution,’ is part of IFP School’s educational and development strategy,” Meyling Siu, IFP School spokesperson, told Rigzone. “With this new MOOC, the school hopes to increase its visibility, attract new students and encourage the development of new teaching methods.”
The creation of the MOOCs stem from the school’s educational model, which aims to implement innovative and creative teaching tools.
Siu said the oil and gas MOOC will address one of the school’s main areas of expertise: exploration and production. Subject matter will include: the roles of the different industry players and the issues and challenges related to oil and gas; the operations deployed to explore for and produce crude oil and gas, refine crude oil into end products and market it; and the economics of the oil and gas value chain, pricing and cost structuring.
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