With the growing demand for electricity worldwide, Solar Power has quickly become the top renewable energy source to satisfy this global need. There are so many cool and interesting things to know about Solar Power, and we just want to shout it from the rooftops of where it's installed!
As previously announced, NABCEP is finally ready to implement their new re-certification requirements starting this month, and Interplay Learning can help -- a lot.
It's finally here! You can now earn NABCEP Continuing Education Units or hours (CEUs) when you complete our solar courses. This will help you qualify to sit for the PV Installation Professional Exam.
Alternatively, you can use your CEUs when you re-certify for the PV Professional, the PV Associate, or any of the PV Specialists credentials...
When people talk about ‘solar’ today, they’re probably talking about ‘photovoltaics’, sometimes shortened to just ‘pv’.
Our Solar Training Program just launched, and we are excited to help companies grow and support their employees through improved training. The Solar Training Program is the first industry-specific training program using sim based learning via both computers/tablets and virtual reality headsets. We believe the hardware should support the learning environment in the best way possible. Sometimes doing sim activities at home is best done via a computer. Other times when a small group is hanging in the warehouse, it is a perfect time to put on the VR headset to train. Because immersive, virtual reality training is so new, we take every chance to show people what it is like to learn new procedures in Virtual Reality. Last week at the NABCEP 2018 Solar Conference, we grabbed a video of a new user trying out the AC Disconnect Installation Simulation. We thought this encapsulated the immersive learning experience. Click below to watch the video. Take note of the procedure guide used for instruction, full body movements that help with information retention, and detailed elements added to the installation. Reach out anytime with questions, and we hope to get you in a VR headset soon!
The first Virtual Reality enabled training solution focused on improving employee productivity for the trades.
Interplay Learning Introduces On -The -Job -Training 2.0
Hands on training is very beneficial and is a critical part of an effective training program, but often hands-on training is perceived as the only option. This traditional mindset of “hands-on training is the only way” can lead to a longer ramp-up time and potentially less effective employees.
Interplay Learning’s concept of OJT 2.0 (On-The-Job 2.0) has been developed based on research on the traditional on-the-job training process. To understand OJT 2.0, we should discuss the inefficiencies, or areas for improvement, to discover where technology and slight adjustments in the process can deliver a better-trained employee in a shorter period of time.
Our methods of teaching have been constantly evolving. A common practice we probably experience today is sitting at rows of tables, receiving information from an instructor (could be a teacher, could be a solar instructor). Good trainers try to include hands-on activity to break up the lectures, but usually time is short, equipment is scarce, and all you get is a taste of what it’s really about.
Driving development of Interplay Learning’s Solar Training Platform
Interplay’s booth at Solar Power International was one filled with excitement, laughs, and even an occasional scream as attendees tried the Virtual Reality showcase of a Curb Energy unit install. The users entered the virtual environment using an HTC Vive and a high-powered Alienware computer donated by Dell Technologies. One guest said, “I honestly did not want to take another step because I felt like I was going to fall off the roof it looked so real.” After the week of show attendees trying the VR showcase Doug Donovan the CEO of Interplay Learning said, “Even though this was a fun demo, it became obvious how impactful Virtual Reality will become to the training space because as people become enveloped in their environment their engagement peaks. When you combine engagement and education the options are limitless."