All of the online courses in the SMDP work in the manner described here: During a 4-week timeframe, the course content is open and available 24/7 to members who have registered for the course. Participants work through all of the online modules and complete all of the assignments within the 4-week timeframe to earn one (1) course credit towards the SMDP. During this time, an online instructor provides comments and feedback on the submitted assignments and online discussion posts.
To earn credit for this online course you must work through each of the online course modules and complete all assignments by the last date of the course’ timeframe. Course assignments are a combination of posting to online discussion boards on particular topics and written assignments where you apply the concepts covered in the course to your role at your co-op. You submit these written assignments to your instructor.
This course is hosted on NRECA's learning management system (LMS). The day before the course's start date, you will receive an email from the LMS which includes the course link and your login credentials for accessing the online course. This short video walks you through the steps in accessing and navigating a typical SMDP online course.
Suggested Approach for Completing Assignments
Participants are able to work at their own pace, but all coursework must be completed within the specific four-week timeframe for the course. In total, it will take approximately 6 to 8 hours to work through the online course modules and complete all of the assignments. Plan to spend approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours each week over the course of the four weeks to work through all course modules and complete all assignments.
To participate in an SMDP online course, you will need the following:
- A computer or mobile device with high-speed Internet access
- Computer speakers or headphones*
*Since there is audio included in the online course modules, consider investing in headphones if you’re reviewing these modules at work so that you don’t disturb your colleagues.
Access Course Materials
Supervisor and Manager Development Program (SMDP) online courses are hosted on a learning management system (LMS) which controls and tracks access to the courses. The day before each course’s start date, registrants will receive an email from the LMS with the link to the course. Registrants who are new users on the LMS will also receive an email with their login credentials (i.e., username and password link). To ensure that you receive the emails related to this online course, have your IT department whitelist this email address: NRECA's Online Learning Platform (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have registered for an online SMDP course and do not receive an email, please contact Diane Rhodes-Michaely (Diane.Rhodes-Michaely@nreca.coop).