June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Energy Conversion and Conservation
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the importance of electric power distribution engineering due to rapid changes in the distribution sector resulting from increased penetration of distributed energy resources and smart grid technologies. With this increased importance comes the need for quality education in this area. A course titled “Electric Power Distribution Engineering and Smart Grids” was developed at the University of Pittsburgh to address the need for education in this area. There have been many iterations of the course given by many different instructors, but assistant professor Robert Kerestes took over the course in 2016.
It was decided that the course should be fully revamped heading into 2018. This revamp was done in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and includes new and relevant lecture material, integration of new ABET outcomes, a renewed focus on smart grid and sustainable engineering, and pedagogical improvements through the use of active learning.
This paper includes a brief overview of the course history (i.e., the 2016 and 2017 offerings of this course), and a thorough description of the newly revamped 2018 version of the course. Also presented is a preliminary presentation of student interview data collected during the summer 2018 course, in which students discussed changes in their knowledge of sustainability, energy conservation, smart grids and/or renewable energy as a result of the course. Students also discussed the perceived applicability of the course to their future careers or coursework and their perspectives towards the active learning used during class. Structured observation data depicting the nature of the in-class time will also be presented.
Lastly, observations including a summary of what was successful versus not as successful are presented. This “lessons learned” summary will include a plan to explore conversion to a “flipped” style course for the summer of 2019.
Kerestes, R. J., & Dolloff, P. A., & Clark, R. M. (2019, June), Delivery of a Revamped Course on Electric Power Distribution Engineering and Smart Grids Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32582
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