Live energy: An initiative for teaching energy and sustainability topics with the most up-to-date and relevant content

Christine Ehlig-Economides, Bugrahan Yalvac, Emily Binks-Cantrell, Don R. Gilman, Mehmet Ayar, Timothy Allen Robinson, Anthony R. Kovscek, Reza Toossi, Sarma V. Pisupati, Sukesh K. Aghara

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This paper presents the ongoing activities of a National Science Foundation (NSF)- funded collaborative research project, its iterative research design, and the preliminary findings. Five engineering professors at five university campuses, [Texas A&M University (TAMU) College Station, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), California State University Long Beach (CSULB), The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), & Stanford University] as well as a technology expert and four learning scientists at the leading campus (TAMU) have worked in collaboration over two years on two objectives. One objective is to create an online textbook for teaching energy and its sustainability to all college majors. To provide the most meaningful and relevant information to students from all majors in their courses, our five professors, who are experts in their fields, are authoring an online textbook with embedded dynamic content that can be frequently updated according to emerging technical developments and sociopolitical, economic, and environmental events. To assess the pedagogical merit of the developed textbook, as our second objective, we identified several instruments and administered them at the participating campuses to collect the control data. In this paper, we discuss the nature of the courses taught in the five campuses, progress in the textbook project initiative, and the data collected over the five semesters. Our project activities, administration of the instruments, and the lessons learned provide insights to similar efforts aimed to implement online and up-to-date content material in teaching courses that are trans-disciplinary and dynamic in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2013
Event120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2013Jun 26 2013


Other120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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