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). During the course timeframe, registered members may access the course 24/7. This short video walks you through the steps in accessing and navigating a typical SMDP online course.
To access the LMS, you will be required to enter your cooperative.com username and password. If you need assistance with your cooperative.com login, please contact our Member Contact Center: at 1-877-766-3226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are available to assist you from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday.
To ensure that you receive reminder emails related to this online course, please ask your IT department to clearlist the following address: LMSAdmin@nreca.coop. These emails will be sent to your primary email address in your cooperative.com profile. You can edit and update this email address at any time by clicking here and logging into cooperative.com.
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.