Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy teaching module
ARIES has developed training materials and teaching resources in energy efficiency and renewable energy for teachers and lecturers in the tertiary education sector.
Energy underpins our current standard of living and future economic development. However, the environmental impact of fossil-fuel-based energy and the challenge of transitioning to a lower carbon economy in Australia and around the world present significant policy, organisational and individual challenges.
Recent ARIES research shows that, within the higher education system, there are very few courses or modules that provide students with the opportunity to develop an informed understanding of the issues and the role they might choose to play in contributing to solutions.
Training materials and teaching resources for energy efficiency and renewable energy
To address this need, the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations commissioned ARIES in May 2010 to develop a module in energy efficiency and renewable energy for students in the tertiary education sector, as part of the Skills for the Carbon Challenge initiative.
It is designed to provide students with the understanding, skills and capabilities to incorporate concerns about energy efficiency, energy effectiveness and renewable energy into their personal and working lives. The modular construction of the unit allows teachers and lecturers to either utilise the content within existing courses, or to develop new short courses.
These resources were developed by Patrick Crittenden, Sandra Nichols, Suzanne Benn and Anna Knutzelius from the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability, with the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. (2011)