Teaching About Energy in Geoscience Courses

We may be poised on the brink of a shift in energy use and energy policy. Pressing issues like the longevity of petroleum supplies and rapidly expanding global markets competing for finite energy supplies are concurrent with considerations such as climate change policy and a push toward domestic energy production. Geoscience plays a role in many facets of energy science and policy; hence our students need solid footing on which to navigate through this complex subject. Whether as citizens and consumers or as scientific leaders in the field, today's students will play important roles in the future of energy.

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Designing an Effective Energy Course

Aerial view of a geothermal power plant, The Geysers geothermal field, California. Marli Miller, University of Oregon. marlimillerphoto.com

1. Set goals

Learn more about setting effective course goals in the Course Design Tutorial. You can also explore course goals from others' energy courses using the course information and syllabi available in the course collection.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is an essential part of the design process. You can learn more about assessment in the section about Assessing Student Learning in the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Observing and Assessing Student Learning.

3. Select pedagogies and teaching activities

The pedagogic techniques highlighted below can provide inspiration as you consider various approaches that will help you achieve your course goals. The resource collections are organized to provide a rich set of materials to draw from in constructing the specific set of learning experiences you want for your students. Finally, explore the ideas available in special topics.

Selected Pedagogical Approaches
Approaches specifically useful to teaching about energy are:

A selection of additional pedagogies that lend themselves to the geosciences are found in the Teaching Methods area.

Resource Collections
Once you've identified the core learning goals for your course, you can use them to focus your search for relevant materials in our resource collections. The materials listed below reflect the contributions of faculty members from across the country.

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