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U.S. Coast Guard Academy Marine Renewable Energy Seminar: Second Offering

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

New Concepts for Alternative and Renewable Energy Courses

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.1273.1 - 23.1273.14



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Elizabeth (Elisha) MH Garcia U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Deanna L Bergondo United States Coast Guard Academy

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Institution Marine Renewable Energy Seminar: Second OfferingIn the spring 2012 semester at the Institution, one science instructor and one engineeringinstructor co-taught a one-credit independent study course entitled Marine RenewableEnergy Seminar. This was the second time that this course was offered at the Institution,previously having been offered in spring 2009. In this second offering of the course,three engineering majors and ten non-engineering majors enrolled in this elective course.The intention was to bring together different majors to learn about the many facets ofmarine renewable energy (policy, technology, economics, etc.) and to develop cross-discipline communication. Of the fourteen scheduled meeting times throughout thesemester, eight seminars were presented, where four were presented by faculty from theInstitution with relevant backgrounds in Marine Renewable Energy. The remaining fourpresenters were invited from outside the Institution. Two class periods were used fordebates where the students were assigned positions on a marine renewable energy topicto argue, two periods were used for student presentations and the remaining classes wereused for class discussion. The final paper was on the student’s perspective of the futureof marine renewable energy.In this second offering of the seminar, the majority of the course content was similar innature, although the presenters and presentations conveyed this content differently from2009. Two seminars were almost identical in nature to a presentation from the firstoffering in 2009, while all other seminars were new material. 75% of respondents repliedthat they had researched the issues discussed in class on their own after presentations ordiscussions, and 100% recognized the need for lifelong learning to stay current in thefield. In 2009, 7% of students (2 respondents) found the library useful in success in thecourse, while 100% found the internet useful. In 2012, 12.5% (1 respondent) found thelibrary useful, while 100% found the internet useful, so the way in which students arefinding information is not changing. Overall, 100% of respondents positively respondedto the statement “I learned something about marine renewable energy.”

Garcia, E. E. M., & Bergondo, D. L. (2013, June), U.S. Coast Guard Academy Marine Renewable Energy Seminar: Second Offering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22658

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