June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHLY INTERACTIVE, ON-LINE COURSE ON ENERGY CONSERVATION: LEARNING STRATEGIES USED AND EXPERIENCE GAINED
Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (EGEE 102) course has been taught at Penn State since the fall of 2001. This course was selected by Penn State under the “Courseware Initiative” to be offered as an online course. To develop the online version of EGEE 102, the Energy and Geo Environmental Engineering (EGEE) Department, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), and the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute have collaborated to generate highly interactive, innovative learning objects. As a part of this endeavor, activities using Macromedia Flash were developed. The goal of these simulations is to engage students through student specific data enabled animations and enable students to learn concepts through automated interactivity. Interactivity involves online puzzles, drag and drop, fill in the blanks, problem solving with audio narrations, and online flash simulations to check and monitor the online learning.
This course was taught online as a pilot version in spring of 2005 to 50 students. In fall of 2005 the course was subscribed by 350 students.
This paper discusses the experience during the piloting phase and usefulness of different teaching and learning strategies. The strategies used for online class are 1) variation in instructional strategies, 2) visual reinforcements of students' attention and reinforce their learning, and 3) opportunities for students to provide personal insights and interpretations. This paper also discusses the student feedback and analysis of learning strategies used.
In the fall of 2001, the Department of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering initiated a drive to educate more students from other departments in Energy related subjects. A 3-credit general education course on “Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection” (EGEE 102) was developed and offered primarily for non- science/engineering students. Energy is a vital component of modern society. While people believe that the energy use is the culprit for environmental damage, they are not aware of the methods and principles by which energy conversion devices operate and how an individual can influence environmental protection by their actions. This general education course provides students with necessary knowledge and information on the main operating principles of devices/appliances that are in common use and information on which to make the right decision in selecting the most energy efficient and economical choice. In fall of 2001 the enrollment in the course was 69 and in fall of 2005 the enrollment increased to 860. This course was taught in multiple sections (six sections in fall of 2005) by the same instructor. Total enrolment trend is shown in Figure 1.
Pisupati, S., & Mahen, W., & Deluca, M., & Gutowski, M. (2006, June), Development Of Highly Interactive, On Line Course On Energy Conservation: Learning Strategies Used And Experience Gained Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--997
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