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01/09/2020 News

The IFP School MOOCs*, Supported by Total Foundation, Enjoy More Success With Over 15,000 People Enrolled in More Than 110 Countries

IFP School  is part of IFP Energies Nouvelles, a public body conducting research and offering master-level courses in energy and sustainable mobility. Every year, it awards degrees to 500 young people from all around the world. To spread its expertise as widely as possible, IFP School runs two free MOOCs offering certificates:

-     “Energy Transition: Innovation Towards a Low-Carbon Future
-     “Tomorrow’s Mobility: Sustainable Technologies for the Automotive Sector

All the Knowledge of an Internationally Renowned School in Digital Format

The MOOCs use a proven digital and interactive educational approach, and are accessible on computer, tablet or cellphone. They are aimed at individuals with two years of higher education, be they students, professionals or, more broadly, anyone interested in the challenges and innovative solutions of the energy transition and sustainable mobility.

Over the course of four or five weeks, participants divide their time between short videos by experts, downloadable worksheets, discussion forums and serious games to achieve the free certificate. Bonus materials and an augmented reality i-book are offered for further learning. 

The programs cover: 

-    The global energy landscape and its development, and how renewable energies fit into the energy mix.
-    Innovative solutions for a low-carbon future, such as carbon capture and storage, energy storage and efficiency, and bio-based products and biofuels.
-    Electric, hybrid, connected and autonomous vehicles, and new modes of transportation.

A Solid Success

The first session in 2019 attracted great interest, which spurred IFP to run the course again. The second session in early 2020 was also a success, as approximately 11,500 people signed up for the Energy Transition MOOC and 4,000 for Tomorrow’s Mobility in more than 110 countries, with Nigeria at the top. Additionally, the certification rates were much higher than that of the average MOOC, which is between 5% and 10%. The Energy Transition MOOC sparked growing interest from various players in the sector (students, representatives from industry, finance and insurance, public players, etc.). The bonus interviews with professionals and examples of industrial projects were particularly popular. A third session of this MOOC is planned for early 2021. As for the Sustainable Mobility MOOC, the next session will start in November 2020.

The Energy Transition MOOC in figures: The Sustainable Mobility MOOC in figures:
11,643 people enrolled in 129 countries 
Top 3 participating countries: Nigeria, France and Papua New Guinea
31% women
35% students and 53% professionals 
36% under 25
24.5% certification rate
3,912 people enrolled in 110 countries
Top 3 participating countries: Nigeria, France and Pakistan
25% women
40% students and 48% professionals
45% under 25
27.7% certification rate
81% of participants highly satisfied 


An Initiative Supported by Total Foundation

Total Foundation supports these two MOOCs as part of its commitment to youth inclusion and education, whereby it aims to promote high-quality training that is available to everyone. For this second year, Total Foundation notably funded the French and Spanish translation of the Energy Transition MOOC to broaden its reach and make the certificate accessible to French- and Spanish-speaking participants.