Renewable energy education on the World Wide Web - the potential, the practice and the problems
Lund, C.P. and Jennings, P. (1998) Renewable energy education on the World Wide Web - the potential, the practice and the problems. In: Proceedings of Solar '98 the 36th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 25 - 27 November, Christchurch, New Zealand pp. 151-158.
The Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), in conjunction with Murdoch University, has developed a range of undergraduate and postgraduate university courses in renewable energy technology and systems, energy policy and economics and energy efficiency which are available via the World Wide Web. Over the last, two years these courses have been offered nationally and internationally in conjunction with Murdoch University and Engineering Education Australia. The students studying these courses entirely via the web have been widely spread geographically including local, on campus students, and distance education students from remote areas in Western Australia, other Australian states and overseas. This paper will discuss the strategies used to present these courses, including examples of the web based courses, and report on students' experiences of studying renewable energy via the web. An evaluation of the outcomes provides a basis for a discussion of the potential, the practice and the possible problems of tertiary renewable energy education on the web.
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