Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Energy Conversion and Conservation
The Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE) and Madison Area Technical College have run a Solar Photovoltaic Institute for STEM Educators for the past three years. The institute provides three days of intensive professional development for high school and two-year college instructors who seek to incorporate solar photovoltaic technology into their curriculum. Participants work with the tools of the trade to install and commission residential sized solar arrays, including sloped roof, flat roof, and dual axis tracking systems. Instruction includes electrical fundamentals, code compliance, and safe workplace practices. The outdoor hands-on instruction is complemented with several smaller bench scale lessons and activities that can be replicated easily in the classroom. In 2017, CREATE and Madison College conducted a follow-up study to assess the impacts of the Solar Institute on the participants’ teaching practices. The results showed significant changes to participants’ curriculum and instruction. The findings yielded several useful lessons learned, and recommendations for future faculty professional development programs in the STEM fields are suggested.
Walz, K., & Shoemaker, J. B., & Liddicoat, S., & Folk, C. (2018, June), Impacts on Teaching Practices from a Solar Photovoltaic Institute Faculty Professional Development Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30609
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