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SPIE Instructor Guidelines

SPIE Education Services invites you to consider teaching a professional development course for the Society. Welcome back to those who have taught previously!

The Society has built a reputation for providing world-class continuing education to engineers and researchers in the field of optics. SPIE instructors are highly qualified, technical experts who have a passion for sharing their knowledge. SPIE offers over 200 live courses annually at our events and in-company training sessions, as well as self-study online. 

SPIE offers courses at the following events: Photonics West, AR| VR| MR, Medical Imaging, Advanced Lithography, Smart Structures, Defense + Commercial Sensing, Optics + Photonics, Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, and Optifab.

A successful course features:

  • A well written course description, including clearly stated learning outcomes
  • A well organized course presentation with a clear, concise slide deck and course notes (print version of the slides)
  • A brief quiz, measuring attainment of the stated learning outcomes in the course description

Please send a proposed Course Description to SPIE Education Services at least six months in advance of the event which you are interested in teaching. The proposal will be evaluated by SPIE technical staff and feedback provide. Those selected to teach will receive notice 3-4 months prior to the event.

An index of guidelines for the various components of the course program is provided below. Please email course proposals and/or any questions to education@spie.org.

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