Wind Energy Master - a fully online part-time programme

Merete Badger*

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The need for continuing education is growing in our society as the work force has become more mobile and learning is a life-long process. Plans for new wind power installations around the world are extremely ambitious for the coming decades [1-2] and this creates an immediate demand for skilled engineers with specialized knowledge [3]. The demand may partly be addressed through an increase of life long learning opportunities and a greater variety of study modes like part-time, distance, and modular learning [4]. Higher education is entering a new era where practical skills and contact to the rapidly evolving labor market may be valued as much as traditional rankings and accreditation [5]. Online competency-based education has an enormous disruptive potential in this context.

Enrollment fees for traditional university programmes are soaring in countries like the US and UK and a new market for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) clearly reflects this. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) offers a successful MOOC called ‘Wind Energy’, which has been completed by more than 2.000 learners so far. Analytics from the MOOC show that approximately 50% of the learners are already employed in a full-time job. This is an indicator of the market for online continuing education in the field of wind energy and has been a great motivation for establishing a full online Master’s programme about wind energy engineering at DTU.

The purpose of this paper is to outline a concept for an online part-time programme, which is currently used for education in wind energy and holds a potential for application within other engineering disciplines. Similarities and differences are examined between i) the online teaching and learning experience as opposed to education in a physical setting, and ii) a part-time programme for continuing education as opposed to full-time university programmes. The question is: Can an online Master’s programme for continuing education be used to build up capacity within engineering disciplines?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018 : Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence
Number of pages8
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-2-87352-016-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event46th SEFI Annual Conference - Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Sep 201821 Sep 2018
Conference number: 46


Conference46th SEFI Annual Conference
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
CityKgs. Lyngby
Internet address


  • Online
  • E-learning
  • Continuing education
  • Master's programme


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