Lesson Plan: Basic Fiber Optics, Introduction and Overview
What You Will Learn In This Basic Self-Study Program:
This lesson plan is designed to familiarize anyone just starting in fiber optics with the technology and processes involved in fiber optic network design, installation and operation. It can also improve the knowledge of the individual with some training and/or experience, such as FOA CFOTs. It is strictly focused on the practical aspects of fiber optics, not intended to try to teach the theory, just the things one needs to design, install, test and use fiber optic networks. We also try to explain the variety of the components and technological approaches used and how to choose among them.
One of the most important points of this program is to include the latest technology. Too many courses teach obsolete theory and practice, out of obsolete textbooks! FOA updates its self-published books, websites and videos continuously to keep them the most up to date available anywhere. This course is kept up to date and will teach differences between applications (telco/Internet/CATV/LAN, etc.) so the student can intelligently work in today's environment. Many courses are criticized because they are too specific or prejudiced to one application, technology or manufacturer. We will explore the spectrum with you and tell you where to go to find out more.
This program has been developed as a cooperative effort of many volunteers from the FOA. If you have comments or suggestions on how to improve it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How This Self-Study Program Works
This Fiber U self-study program will divide the basics of fiber optics into ten topics - see the links below. Each topic will have a brief introduction to the subject, telling you what you should learn from that lesson, link you to reference materials in 3 formats: FOA YouTube Videos, pages in the FOA Online Reference Guide to Fiber Optics and a chapter in the FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics printed book for you to study.
Each lesson will have a quiz for you to test your comprehension. Quizzes can be taken online or you can answer the questions following each chapter in the textbook and a link is provided to the correct answers. When you take the quiz online, it will grade your answers and give you the correct answers along with an explanation. After you check your answers, return to the study materials to find out why you missed any questions. When you finish all lessons, you should be well-versed in the basics of fiber optics and ready for more!
Learning More and Developing Skills
Online courses can help you develop the knowledge of a subject like fiber optics but are not going to provide the hands-on exercises needed to develop the skills used in working with the actual components. If you are just getting started in fiber optics, you should consider attending an FOA-Approved school where you will be trained in hands-on labs to develop the skills needed to be successful in fiber optics.
You can take this Fiber U Online course using any of these online or printed reference materials. Most lessons include options for all of them, so you can choose the methods you prefer and learn from easiest. However, we recommend you start with the YouTube videos for a quick overview, then read either the online or printed Guide materials.
FOA YouTube Videos
All lesson plans include FOA YouTube video lectures on the topic.
FOA Online Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
All lesson plans include links to the FOA Guide pages on relevant topics.
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics textbook (can be purchased from Amazon.com, Createspace, or in electronic format for the Kindle or iPad)
All lesson plans include links to the relevant chapters of the FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics.
If you have an iPad, you can purchase the "FOA Guide" from the Apple App Store to use with this self-study program. The FOA Guide app includes the full text of the FOA textbook as well as interactive quizzes which can be taken anywhere you take your iPad, not just where you have an Internet connection. If you use the FOA Guide App, just follow the chapters in the book in the lesson plans.
Let's get started!
Read the materials linked on each lesson plan and take the quiz.
This information is provided by The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. as a benefit to those interested in teaching, designing, manufacturing, selling, installing or using fiber optic communications systems or networks. It is intended to be used as an overview and/or basic guidelines and in no way should be considered to be complete or comprehensive. These guidelines are strictly the opinion of the FOA and the reader is expected to use them as a basis for learning, as a reference and for creating their own documentation, project specifications, etc. Those working with fiber optics in the classroom, laboratory or field should follow all safety rules carefully. The FOA assumes no liability for the use of any of this material.
Table of Contents: The FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optics
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