June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Energy Conversion and Conservation
15.34.1 - 15.34.12
AC 2010-1255 A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EFFICIENT ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Abstract The paper presents the design of a graduate certificate in Efficient Energy Technology (EET) in the Engineering Technology (ET) programs. The certificate aims to prepare professionals in an area that is extremely critical for the survival of humanity and our civilization. The curriculum is designed to deal with all aspects related to source and consumption of energy. The intended audience comprise of post-baccalaureate students in Engineering Technologies and the working supervisor/manager/professional who hold baccalaureate in other technology fields. The certificate courses introduce the concepts and technology of harvesting energy from sun, wind and other alternative sources, thermoelectric, electrochemical, bio-photosynthetic and hydrogen based energy systems. The certificate consists of 12 credit hours, equivalent of four courses: 1) Solar Engineering Systems, 2) Wind and Alternative Energy Technology, 3) Energy Networking and 4) Energy Neutral Living.
Courses in the certificate can be delivered in traditional classroom/distance learning formats. Each course comprises of three components: a) content, b) critical review of current research papers and c) project. The course content consists of study of sources of energy and current methods of conversion to useful forms. In the second component, the students are required to read, and critically analyze two current research papers in the related field of renewable energy technology. In the third component, students prepare design of projects that are targeted to needs of the local community. Project design is the capstone activity involving literature search and application of multiple learned concepts and techniques. The paper will share the experiences of offering two of these courses at Purdue University Calumet.
The paper also shows that how classroom learning can be enhanced by making available to learners the classroom lecture in audio /video/pdf format from anywhere and at all times on demand. This technology, called the Lecture_on_Demand (LoD) technology, enables the distant, absent and not attentive students, the experience of the classroom environment beyond the physical classroom. Furthermore, the students can concentrate on learning and not be distracted by having to take notes in the classroom. The lecture can be made available asynchronously or broadcast synchronously on the internet. A demonstration of LoD technology can be viewed on http://ecet.calumet.purdue.edu/~jpagrawa/tech581_ses/local/lecture_on_demand_demo.wmv
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