More than 50,000 students enrolled in the SUNY-ESF Solar Course

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The online SUNY-ESF class on solar energy has 29 times the total number of students enrolled in the school, reaching students around the world.

ESF professor Neil Abram teaches courses at Solar Energy Basics online. Although the course was started in person, without a loan, the growing demand for ESF has made the course available online.

“As the sun goes down,” says Abram, “we have a desire to reach our potential.”

Currently, Abram teaches more than 51,000 students, many of whom are studying in different parts of the world.


“He seems to be a bit more efficient because he knows someone he knows,” says Abram.

Abram’s course, the first in a three-part series, explores the general view of solar energy. The themes in the curriculum range from voltaic cells to the current solar market. Students who pass the course will receive a certificate that will be used to earn a higher salary in their current job or to explore a whole new job market.

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The inconsistent model makes the lesson accessible to students because it does not work on their curriculum, which has a negative side to the physical workshop.

Abram says that most of those enrolled in the school have full-time jobs.

“It is very difficult for someone to take four days off from work, for example, to come to this workshop,” he said.


Despite the challenges of disproportionate education, he said the obvious advantage is the ability to reach such a large number of students.

All over the world, there are huge forums for students from all walks of life to come and ask questions about the course, and for someone to jump in and give directions from there, ”said Stephen.

Abram’s teaching can not only provide more knowledge on the topic of interest, but can also serve as a stimulus to move upward.

According to Abram, the subject is popular with people between the ages of 18 and 24. According to an ESF press release, it is now in the top 10 of the SUNY courses on the course.

“It is very important to provide educational opportunities for everyone,” says Stephen.

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