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Huge News! Earn NABCEP CEU Hours With Our Solar Courses

By Mark Mrohs on Nov 20, 2018 4:12:17 PM

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...

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4 Things You Need To Know About Photovoltaics

By Mark Mrohs on Oct 18, 2018 2:00:00 PM

When people talk about ‘solar’ today, they’re probably talking about ‘photovoltaics’, sometimes shortened to just ‘pv’.

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See the Future of Hands-On Training in Virtual Reality

By Craig Carter on Mar 27, 2018 9:11:04 AM

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! 

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Interplay Learning Launches Its Simulation Based Solar Training Program

By Craig Carter on Mar 27, 2018 8:04:24 AM

The first Virtual Reality enabled training solution focused on improving employee productivity for the trades.

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 OJT 2.0 - How Technology and Tradition Come Together in On-The-Job Training

By Craig Carter on Feb 6, 2018 12:08:09 PM

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.

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Why the Next Generation of Apprenticeships Need Simulation-Based Learning

By Mark Mrohs on Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Interplay Learning a $1.25 million cooperative award

By Craig Carter on Oct 4, 2016 2:43:00 PM

Driving development of Interplay Learning’s Solar Training Platform

Topics: NEWS Solar
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Interplay Unveils Virtual Reality Demo at the Solar Power International Show

By Craig Carter on Sep 27, 2016 2:49:00 PM

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." 

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