Educational Aspects in Energy Technology

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EAET              Educational Aspects in Energy Technology

EGI                Department of Energy Technology


The Course "Educational Aspects in Energy Technology (EAET) - FMJ3336" will be given to students in a partial self-study form each year from Spring to Fall. This course aims at preparing students for modern pedagogical way of teaching: the students are expected to acquire multi-frontier perspectives of learning and teaching in a modern audio-visual environment. The course is related to the Life-Long Learning Initiatives and Pedagogical Methodologies developed in the Department of Energy Technology (EGI) in which broadcasting of lectures, remote access to world-wide learning, peer-assessment of knowledge gained are essential ingredients, combined with a substantial effort of automatically corrected assignments and exams. The course is built up in such a way that PhD students will have a coherent structure to work with and get a better overview on the pedagogic teaching environment at the division. The course consists of three essential parts, covering 1.) communication and pedagogical skills, 2.) development of learning material in one specialized energy research area and 3.) implementation and evaluation of pedagogical skills/ developed learning material in real supervision/teaching situations.


This course is mainly directed towards students at PhD candidate level at EGI or similar programmes outside the division, as well as towards a two-year MSc level students (at the end of the 2nd year) in the field of Energy Technology, with special emphasize on e-learning. The course can however not be counted as part of any MSc degrees in the Department of Energy Technology. It can be followed as part of "on-campus" as well as "distance" education. The recommended study pace is "20% time" (i.e. over 2 “academic periods” of a total of 6 months).


The study material covers pedagogical e-learning approaches in a global manner, especially directed towards an understanding of the qualification framework in higher education as defined by the European Commission, pedagogical issues related to on-line learning/teaching with modern technical means as well as hands-on experience of developing new interactive learning material for worldwide education.


The examiner and the project supervisor will act as guide and mentor, but not as traditional “ex-cathedra” teachers. Reading material is related to both specialized pedagogical content as well as technical/pedagogical material in the respective students’ research area. Students should learn how to critically examine learning material and how to develop new material in a modern pedagogical approach. The hands-on training in the course is performed by peer review of existing and newly developed learning material in online platforms (such as automatically corrected calculation exercises, lab exercises or online based lecture chapters to mention a few) and by acting as teacher in their own perspective towards the MSc level curricula. Publications on current and upcoming novel interfaces, such as Podcasts, Apps and open platforms are also highly encouraged. This is a part of teaching philosophy steering towards “student centered education” and “constructive alignment”. The course participants shall also analyze the results and come up with further suggestions for improvements of learning material, supervision methods and course delivery means.


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