The Academy’s training curriculum enables NASA’s technical workforce to develop NASA-specific expertise and capability in program/project management, engineering, and systems engineering. It is intended to supplement an individual’s academic and professional work experience. The curriculum draws extensively on best practices and the knowledge of NASA subject-matter experts to ensure that it addresses the needs of NASA’s practitioners.
The courses are developed following established instructional design processes, and include rigorous annual audits and revisions and incorporation of participant feedback. The Academy’s project management and systems engineering competency model provide the basis for all course objectives.
Courses are highly interactive, featuring case study analyses, group discussions, individual exercises and simulations. Increasingly, the Academy is making its course content available online through video modules and interactive publications. Participants are encouraged to learn from instructors and one another.
APPEL’s online course catalog serves as a one-stop resource for everything members of NASA’s technical workforce need to know about APPEL courses. Practitioners can browse through courses easily searching by subject, category, or alphabetically. Each course features an introductory video detailing the highlights and value of the course to help participants determine if a course will meet their learning needs. Comments by past course participants are included below the video, and in-depth supplemental resources are easy to access. Those interested in registering for courses can click to do so directly from the catalog.
The curriculum has achieved a reputation for excellence within academia and leading professional associations throughout the world:
- APPEL is a Registered Education Provider of Professional Development Units (PDUs) for Project Management Institute (PMI)® —all participants in project management courses receive PDUs.
- The American Council on Education recommends granting graduate credits for 12 APPEL courses.
- APPEL has Accredited Provider status with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
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