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GEM Program to offer MOOC course next month

September 18, 2014

The Global Energy Management Program is proud to announce that it will run its massive, open, online course (MOOC) titled Fundamentals of Global Energy Business once again on Oct. 20. GEM Instructor Dr. Michael Orlando teaches the course and
provides students with an introduction to the business of primary energy production.

“I learn something new with every course I teach,” Orlando said. “The first session was my first offering in this massive online format. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of engagement through our course discussion forums. In this session, I’ll be focusing even more time on coaching student interaction, in discussion forums and through the peer-reviewed writing assignments.”

Orlando’s course examines the nature of supply & demand in global energy markets and business considerations for participants in those markets. “This is a great opportunity for us if we come anywhere near the 30,000 enrollment we had last time,” said GEM Executive Director Jim Marchiori. “It helps us in our broader mission to provide publicly accessible education on energy issues, and it’s an excellent recruiting aid because it gives interested prospective students a firsthand glimpse of what we do.”

The course consists of weekly lecture videos, quizzes, case studies, and discussion group participation. Coursera is a learning platform that
partners with top universities to offer free online courses globally.

If you are interested in signing up, please register for a free account at, and then go to and add this class to your “watchlist.”

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