June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Flipped Classroom Resources for Renewable Energy TechniciansThe flipped classroom approach to instruction uses educational technology to deliver instructionoutside the class and activity based learning inside the class. Students watch lectures at the timeand place of their own choosing at their own pace and concept engagement and application takesplace in the classroom with the guidance of an instructor. This method has been successfullydeployed in teaching renewable energy technicians the basics of DC circuit analysis, hydraulicsand electrical control of hydraulic systems, and digital electronics.There is a pressing need for technicians skilled in the installation, maintenance, repair, andupgrade of renewable energy generation facilities, however, the time commitment of a traditionalclassroom based lecture often precludes those with family obligations or work commitmentsfrom attending rigidly structured renewable energy technician training programs. The flippedclassroom approach allows a degree of flexibility for these learners as well as those alreadyemployed as technicians looking to upgrade their skills.A flipped classroom format allows more exposure time with instrumentation and hands ontroubleshooting activities. These are the skills that are most valued by employers and those thatdirectly contribute towards more productivity and efficiency.This method has been deployed successfully for 6 cohorts of second year students in digitalelectronics and 5 cohorts of first year students in hydraulics and electrical control of hydraulicsystems. This method has been recently expanded to include development of the first year basicelectricity and electronics level 1: DC circuit analysis, class. This presentation will detaildevelopment, deployment, and best practices when adopting such a method.
Pytel, J. (2015, June), Developing and Deploying Flipped Classroom Resources for Renewable Energy Technicians Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23833
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