Energy 101 Undergraduate Course Framework: Teaching the Fundamentals of Energy

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Students from the University of Maryland's Designing a Sustainable World course, a class based on the Energy Department's Energy 101 Course Framework, present their end-of-year design projects.

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What is the Energy 101 effort?

The Department of Energy (DOE) led the development of a peer reviewed course framework for Universities and Community Colleges to teach an interdisciplinary fundamental of energy "101" course. The framework is:

  • Designed for a semester long course structure
  • Consists of 5 Units, 3 sections and 36 Core concepts from the Energy Literacy Principles
  • Model framework to teach energy using an interdisclipinary perspective
  • Effort to capture dynamic role energy plays in our lives – including the scientific, technological and societal aspects
  • Flexible to fit your University and Colleges requirments
  • Aiming to increase pathways for energy-related degrees and careers

How do I obtain a copy of the Energy 101 Course Framework?

The framework has 5 Units for a semester long course structure with each of the Units being composed of 1-3 sections, and 36 supporting core concepts. The structure of the framework was the result of the mapping of the Energy Literacy Principles and Fundamental concepts to "introduction to energy" curricula from universities and community colleges, and from the discourse between energy educators from across the country.

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What is Energy 101 based on?

The foundation of the course content is based on the energy principles and concepts essential for all citizens from K-to-Gray to know and understand in order to be energy literate. These principles and concepts are available in the peer reviewed Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education.

How will Energy 101 be delivered?

Energy 101 is leveraging the use of the National Training and Education Resource (NTER), an open-source, cloud-based, online platform for the authoring and sharing of Energy 101 course content. The authoring capabilities of the NTER platform provide an opportunity to utilize the latest technology for content delivery and creation, utilizing next generation simulations and immersive learning. Course modules can be adopted and/or customized to add value to new or existing courses.

What can I do to help promote energy literacy around the country?

  • Download this course framework and teach a class
  • Incorporate the Energy Literacy Principles into your activities, labs and classes
  • Share it with others
  • Help improve the course framework by joining our online community
  • Tell us how you are using the Energy Principles and Course Framework by emailing us photos

Who is leading this effort?

The Energy 101 project is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is managed by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Oak Ridge Association of Universities. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute is providing outreach, peer-review, and content development.

Energy 101 Webinar

Want an introduction to the Energy 101 Course Framework? Check out the webcast from the April 11, 2013 release of the course framework. The presentation and resources are available on our "Multimedia Page."

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